Migration and Transnational Identity



Khalid Chegraoui, PhD
Khalid a professor of geography at the Institute of African Studies in Rabat. His main area of study is western African countries with specific reference to desertification, political conflicts, and migration. He conducted research about undocumented migrants in northern Morocco and is currently a member of a think thank group on migration, development and south-south relations set by the National Office of Phosphates.

Khadija Elmadmad, PhD
Khadija is an attorney with the Rabat Bar Association of Law and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Migration and Human Rights at the University Hassan II in Casablanca. She is president of the Casablanca Center on Migration and Humanitarian Laws; legal coordinator for Morocco of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration in Florence, Italy; a member of the scientific board of the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project; and UNESCO chair on women’s rights. She is a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and the Moroccan Red Crescent. Her books include Asile et réfugiés dans les pays afro-arabes (Asylum and Refugees in the Afro-Arab Countries) and Les migrants et leurs droits au Maghreb (Migrants and Their Rights in the Maghreb).

Driss Maghraoui, PhD
Driss is a professor of history and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and teaches North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in twentieth-century Europe. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent publications include “Secularism in Morocco: A Stagnant Word in Motion,” “Northern Africa: Historical Links with Sub-Saharan Africa,” “Perceptions of External Pressure to Democratization: The Moroccan Case,” and “The ‘Grande Guerre Sainte’: Moroccan Colonial Troops and Workers in the First World War.”

Fouad Laroui, PhD
An engineer, Fouad studied at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. After working for a phosphate mining company in Morocco, he lived in England, then Amsterdam, where he teaches econometrics and environmental science. He has written novels, short stories, and essays. He often critiques Morocco, particularly its corruption and bureaucracy. He was born in Oujda in 1958. His father disappeared when he was eleven, presumably arrested by the Moroccan authorities, and was never seen again. He has written novels, short stories, and essays and won the Goncourt Price for short stories in France in 2013.

Nadia Bourass, PhD
Nadia holds a PhD in history and specializes in gender and Moroccan immigration and transnationalism in the Netherlands. She is a member of the governing bodies of the Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Development Centre and Gresen Links Amsterdam (Green Left Party).

Ineke Van Der Valk, PhD
Ineke is an associate professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has worked for years on migration issues relating to the integration of Moroccan migrants in the Dutch society, the rise of anti-migration in the political discourse, and the development of Islamophobia. She also studied ethnic relations and diversity in multicultural societies in the Netherlands.

El Haj Bouazza, PhD
El Haj is an assistant professor the University Abdelmalek Essadi, and a long-serving expert at the Moroccan Ministry of Migration. He has firsthand knowledge of successive government policies regarding  the Moroccan diaspora and the new policy of Morocco as a host country. His current focus is migration and intercultural communication.

Fatima Ait Ben Lmadani, PhD
Fatima is an associate professor of sociology at the Institute of African Studies in Rabat. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on migrant women in France and Morocco relating to socioeconomic integration, retirement and aging, solitude, and return to home country. She is now working on African migration to Morocco.