Seeking asylum in Morocco

Are you a Refugee?

➡️A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so.

➡️An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for asylum (refugee status) but has not yet received a decision on their application. 

You can visit UNHCR’s main page to find short explanations about who is a refugee, an asylum seeker, an Internally Displaced Person and a stateless person. You can also watch the video:

Not all persons leaving their country of origin are refugees. Please watch this video to understand the differences between refugees and migrants:

International Protection

In Morocco, asylum seekers and refugees are under the protection of the Moroccan government and UNHCR.

Pending the establishment of a national asylum system in Morocco, UNHCR is responsible for the registration of asylum claims and determining refugee status under its mandate, in collaboration with Moroccan authorities.

Benefiting from international protection by being recognised as a refugee means, among other things, that you and your close family members are protected against expulsion and being returned to the country where your life would be in danger.

Attention! If you are an asylum seeker or a refugee and are in need of help, immediately contact UNHCR (See UNHCR in Morocco & Contacts), share your identity, your UNHCR number if known, and the location of the incident for UNHCR to respond quickly.

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