Is entrepreneurship a way out for the Moroccan youth?

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Caroline Minialai; Lisa Bossenbroek and Driss Ksikes

This article examines the entrepreneurial behaviour of the youth in urban and rural settings in Morocco. Based on the European research project SAHWA (2013–2016), and using a mixed methodology approach (ethnographic fieldwork and survey), an attempt is made to understand the strategies young Moroccans resort to in order to turn their situation of "marginalisation" in society into entrepreneurial initiatives. What does entrepreneurship mean for young people in Morocco, and how do they forge and employ their entrepreneurial strategies to live and survive? The survey and the three case studies set out in this paper show that despite being able to launch and develop both agricultural and commercial businesses, young Moroccans remain extremely vulnerable.

Keywords: youth, entrepreneurs, Morocco, marginalisation


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