Tangier urbanisation and migrant participation

By dr. Lauren Wagner - Issues of migrant integration and cohesion in cities are predominantly discussed from the Northern perspective, with a focus on how migrant communities contribute to cities in the developed world. This project reconsiders the impact migrants have on a ‘Southern’ metropolis – Tangier, Morocco – where rapid urbanisation over the last decade has influenced dynamics of community life through its spatial organisation. These impacts are felt as much by the presence of migrants in the city, to the extent that domestic economic migration is expanded Tangier, as by the absence of homeowners who are migrants elsewhere, predominantly in Europe. Significant housing developments on the edges of Tangier, near its coastal zones and new highways, are built and marketed for this semi-resident public, who seek a vacation home in their ‘homeland’ that responds to their desires for leisure and tourism consumption during the summer holidays. These zones of urban expansion – sometimes heavily planned, sometimes ad-hoc – become neighbourhoods of patchwork inhabitancy and absentee owners, whose role as semi-citizens of an international city further complicates its cohesion.

Research group:
dr. Lauren Wagner
dr. Henk de Haan

In cooperation with:

Université Abdelmalek Es-Saadi (Tetouan, Morocco)