The Facebook page “Moroccan in Europe” last Sunday uploaded a video portraying Moroccan males making their way to the European coastline. The accompanying text loosely translates to:
“While the government is trying to suppress the mobility of rural people, a group of young people has decided to escape the country.”
It’s not the first time Moroccan videos like these surface. In early November 2015, the videos below were uploaded to various platforms.
The past few years, a phenomenon called “Asylum hopping” has been popular among Moroccans. It entails applying for asylum while knowing there’s not a chance the application will be approved. However, they still make the journey because they know their home countries are reluctant to take them back when their host countries try to deport them.
In The Netherlands alone, over 200 Moroccans and Algerians apply this way every month.