Lots of people picture erroneously assume that the Middle East is a festering dust pit that is rife with violence and despair. While there are indeed countries with enormous problems in the region (after all, those migrants are not leaving for nothing), the truth is in fact a lot more varied. Many countries in the region are doing quite well, though, and are have more progressive cultures that are welcome to ideologically diverse populations. One particular country that is popular amongst travelers is Morocco. However, Morocco isn’t just a great country to travel to, but also is a terrific country to live in. If you’ve been thinking of living in another place for a while, then here are several great reasons to move to Morocco…
Growing industrial powerhouse
In terms of economic development, Morocco is one of the premiere countries in Africa. Recently, the Oxford Business Group actually conducted a report that praised the economic growth that Morocco was bringing to the region. This growth is driven by an economy that has rewarded diversification, rather than too many investments in oil and energy, which is something that has plagued the economies of other Northern African countries in recent years. Indeed, industry remains strong in Morocco, as it is one of the forefront countries of construction and development in the world. As a matter of fact, cities like Casablanca and Marrakech are becoming centers for construction technology. One such tech industry leader, GlobalSim, even constructed the largest crane simulator in the world in Casablanca, for example.
Safest country in Africa
One big draw to Morocco that brings in so much tourism and migration is the fact that it exists outside much of the chaos that permeates the political climate of so many other Middle Eastern countries. Indeed, Morocco has been cited as the safest country in northern Africa. This is largely due to the fact that Morocco’s government has remained stable for much of the 20th century, rather than mired in revolution. Living in Morocco would be about as safe as living in any other developed country in the world.
Low cost of living
Based on current information, the cost of living in Morocco is over 52% cheaper than it is to live in the United States (on average; obviously different cities vary greatly in cost of living). A nice one-bedroom apartment in the middle of a major city, such as Casablanca and Marrakech, is going to run you a little over 4200 MAD (Moroccan Dirham). $1 USD usually converts to roughly 10 MAD, so such an apartment would only cost about $420 a month. These costs translate over to food, as well. One can easily eat out for an entire day for less than $10 USD at budget restaurants. A nice meal will still cost you much less than $10 USD. Essentially, your money goes alot further in this wonderful country to live in.
Wonderful historical culture
Culturally, Morocco has a fascinating history that spans thousands of years. Whether you are wandering through the markets of Marrakech or taking a trek to see the ruins of ancient Volubilis, you can feel that the ground that you are walking on has played an important role in the history of the world. You could spend a decade living in Morocco, and still not enjoy the many cultural landmarks that this great country has to offer.
Friendly to the western world
Sadly, there is an unfortunate political tension between many western countries and countries in the Middle East. Indeed, western countries are culpable for much of this tension, which comes from a regrettable series of shameful moments in the history of the region. However, Morocco tends to be a lot more friendly to outsiders in their country. This is largely due to the diplomatic relationship that Morocco has maintained with western countries, as well as trade agreements that have benefitted both parties.
Thankfully, this looks to be a trend that is going to continue, as recent developments in western countries that are rooted in nationalism won’t have as much of an effect on Morocco as they will with other Middle Eastern countries (Brexit, in particular, does not bode well for relations in the region, as this article here explains). Essentially, if you are a westerner looking to move to Morocco, you’ll find yourself very welcome here.