20 things I hate about Moroccans

I love Morocco, absolutely love it. I love Moroccans too. I think I made that very clear in this post. They’re warm, fun and lovely. But they also make me want to kill myself. Or them. Am I talking about all Moroccans? Of course not. But it’s a fact that patience is very often required when dealing with the Moroccan crowd. Here are some reasons why dragging along a punch bag may not be such a bad idea.

1. To begin with: organization. Institutions or services that are organized and professional are RARE. The standard is to be irresponsible, unreliable and to not keep to agreements. They just don’t have any work ethic. They work hard though. They work hard on testing people’s patience!

2. They are not effective. They hardly get anything done in a tremendous amount of time and then they act like they worked very hard. They can only do one job a day, top. I don’t know if this is just a northern thing but it’s a serious problem.

3. Quality is a word they don’t know. Moroccan products are made by rip-offs. You pay big bucks for things that apparently can’t handle rays of light, oxygen, soundwaves or just about anything, because even watching at them makes them break. If something survives a year without breaking you can count yourself lucky. And the product of their ‘work’ is terrible. They seriously make the dumbest mistakes.

4. They drive left. And in the middle. And they cut corners. They are jerks on the road but they don’t even notice it. They just can’t drive!

5. They are superficial and materialistic. Step into a room with normal, educated people and they’re probably talking about how the sister of yesterday’s bride was prettier than the bride and how wealthy the groom is. Money, beauty and people: their favorite topics. When you subtly criticize this they don’t get it. They honestly don’t get why it’s rude to say that about the bride or why they shouldn’t be obsessed with money. There is a reason why soaps are so popular in Morocco and it’s stated in the first sentence of this paragraph.

6. They spend their money on houses and other visible things only. This says something about their show mentality and stingy lifestyle. What’s the point of having such a big home when the kitchen is always empty, resulting in kids drinking as much juice as they can in someone else’s house? Juice! What’s the point of buying your son/daughter one outfit a year to be able to buy a second house? I get that some people like simplicity and a healthy lifestyle, but these people have different motivations. They live uncomfortably so that they can buy big things, or as they put it ‘to create a future for their kids’. While fantasizing over big things they forget to create a normal youth for their kids. It pisses me off. Poor kids. I don’t blame them for attacking our table.

7. They watch your every move. They’re just always observing you and judging you in the back of their minds. Whatever you say, do or wear, it won’t go unnoticed.

8. They think you’re not intelligent if you haven’t studied physics, chemistry or maths. I assume there is a gap between the level of bèta subjects and alpha subjects in Morocco, but that still doesn’t give them the right to underestimate people.

9. Store owners don’t care when someone is cutting in line, because guess what: there are no lines! ”This is Morocco” they always say. If you want something, fight for it. That’s the law of the concrete and tiled jungle called a Moroccan city.

10. Employees that don’t get tips are not friendly to customers. I get that they don’t get paid well, but come on, they can say ‘hello’ for crying out loud. Sometimes they don’t even say a word unless you ask something. They do that when the price is self-evident in their opinion. In supermarkets employees are usually too busy flirting with each other to even look at the customer. It’s not even that they aren’t nice people. Being overly friendly to strangers is just something they were never taught to do. When you do that to the opposite sex they will most likely think you’re flirting.

11. Speaking about flirting, guys hit on every girl they see. She can be pretty or ugly, skinny or fat, tall or short, covered or uncovered, it doesn’t matter because no girl will escape the (not so) smooth talks of Moroccan guys. It’s a shame that this is part of the male culture in Morocco.

12. Officers are extremely corrupt. ‘’You were talking on the phone.’’ ‘’No I wasn’t.’’ ‘’Yes you were.’’ ‘’No I wasn’t.’’ ‘’My colleague saw you too.’’ ‘’Well my phone is in my closed bag on the backseat so whatever you saw was not my phone.’’ ‘’Shut up, you’re getting a fine. Unless we can get a deal…’’

13. Actually everything is one big pile of corrupt trash. You can bribe anyone. You want a dorm room? Pass some money. You don’t want to be examined by a doctor to get that marriage contract? Pass some money (how dangerous!). You want to renew your passport? Well, if you don’t pay them you can really just forget about city hall employees doing their work. You want to complain to their boss? He’s in the game too. Poisened souls. There are even teachers who do this, in a less extreme form. They don’t help students that are not registered in the tutoring center they work in. They are supposed to help students but they don’t, unless they receive money! There’s just no stopping to Moroccan corruption.

14. The sound of slippers being dragged, oh it’s everywhere. They don’t lift their feet when they walk. To me this sound is equally annoying as having a buzzing fly around me the whole time I’m outside. It makes me want to smack people.

15. They look down on people of lower social status. They won’t smile to people ‘below their level’ for example. Bosses look down on employees (forget about democracy, just keep your mouth shut). Employees look down on interns. Upper middle class people look down on chaabi (popular) people and it goes on like that. Especiallly as someone born and raised in a Dutch culture this is something I notice and hate.

16. Guests stay too late. This is probably a thing of my city where summer life is night life. Sometimes it’s 2:00 am and there are still people in our living room, because you know, la vida loca. They come in at 00:00 expecting food, not thinking ‘hey, maybe she doesn’t have enough groceries to cook for six extra people’ or just a simple ‘maybe she wants to sleep’. Nope, they’re thinking ‘I like this house. I wish I lived here. I’m gonna stay here until I get tired :D’. It’s that I love them; otherwise I wouldn’t open the door.

17. Quite a lot of people are tired of life and their presence makes me tired of life. They make me want to sit with the kids.

18. At an individual level they suffer from severe superiority madness. They are rather racist (anyone outside their city/area is bad) and they have inside knowledge of everything…they think. Along with their drive to mind your business they will bother you by telling you how to do whatever you’re doing. God give us patience…

19. At a collective level they suffer from the opposite of superiority. They have no love for their country. They complain about society, but they won’t change their own behavior. ”This is Morocco” is their excuse again for being uncivilized.

20. These feelings of inferiority bring about the phenomenon ‘wannabe French people’. They can’t say a sentence in Arabic without using French. There are even people born and raised in Morocco who don’t even speak the language of their country. That is just… I have no words. They take over the useless things of the west – doggies, 50-year-olds in bikinis and sometimes even bottles of wine – but professionalism and friendliness are things they skipped. The irony is that their ‘modern ways’ only prove how backward they are.

Sometimes I just need to sit down and take a moment to try to understand how retarded their way of thinking is, but I never seem to succeed at understanding how their minds work. So then I stop trying to understand their way of thinking and I start thinking about a possible cause of these weird traits.

What I think

For a big part, I blame the educational system of Morocco. I have a feeling the pedagogical aspect of elementary school is lacking and that individual needs aren’t taken into account. This is not to be underestimated! I also suspect students in high school and college don’t get to practice independent and critical thinking and to deal accordingly in a professional manner. I feel that perhaps the focus lies more on reproduction, knowledge of facts and subject specific skills than on development.

I noticed they all go to tutoring centers. All of them, the smart ones too. That can mean several things: their teachers don’t deserve their paychecks (they don’t help students), people nowadays have some kind of Asian mindset (minus the professionality) or the tree they have to climb is way too high. But what about the fishes?

These are just speculations based on people’s behavior. I’ve never researched Moroccan education so I can’t tell what’s wrong, but there are obviously some issues. Such a waste of talent.

I also think shortcomings in their Islamic upbringing form an important cause of the problem. They may learn to pray and they memorize surahs, but apparently they’re not provided with Islamic morals in an appropriate or effective way. Maybe they are exposed to wrong examples. Maybe they never learned why some things are bad. Maybe it’s a combination of both and maybe there is another reason. Whatever may be the cause, it is incredibly sad that Islamic values are barely visible in an Islamic society.

Morocco is a beautiful country that has developed very fast in the past ten years, but its people don’t seem to follow the same trend. I think they still need a few decades to be civilized. But you know? Morocco is such a magical place that its colors shine despite its shadow. It’s a land of extreme sensations that give you a rush of life. Just don’t forget that punch bag, that’s all.

Any thoughts?

56 thoughts on “20 things I hate about Moroccans

  1. I love you. You just said everything about the moroccan society that could come to my mind, im actualy amazed by how you mentioned things even i forgot about/ didnt thing you would bring up :’) Thank you.

  2. These are the reasons that made me leave my beautiful country Morocco. Unfortunately, I encountered Moroccans who still have the same mindset outside of Morocco. So as a Moroccan, I stayed miles and miles away from Moroccans. I must say that there are great Moroccans in this world and I am hoping that one day, I will encounter one of them. It’s time to change the Moroccan behavior and decolonize the culture.

    • You stay away of your own country men?
      I visited Morocco and i felt not well with those people there. But i have a Moroccan female friend, she is different from other moroccans. I told her that i don’t like her country men, she felt insulted. Although she’s interested in going to live in Europe. Should i be sorry for telling her my opinion?

    • i really hope so cause i started hate morocco and all ppl here i wish i can get out from here if i sill more i will lose definitely lose my mind

  3. That was a great write. We are flying into Moracco ( Marrakesh) tomorrow from the USA and having this info is very much appreciated. Any lther helpful hints would be appreciated. Nightlife? Safety? Thank you, Christopher.

  4. Wow !! That was like the most realistic analysis i ve seen of this so called nation
    U really got us all figuered out
    Its not like i dont know or live in this nightmare everyday
    But the way u put it is just amazing
    Thank u

    Mouad.

  5. Trying to understand Moroccons alone can make a person insane. I Take my hat off to you for able to put your thoughts down and share. Moroccons in my experience are vert deluded and confused. They aspire to worldly gains and believe their status to be higher than anyone. They only care about their own kind and will never show the same affection as they would do to their own.

  6. Just wanting to warn foreign travelling to morocco about a tour guide called Abdelaziz Baballah who will profess he loves you and lead you into a web of lies about money problems and borrow money from you because he can as you. He will promise to return the month in a few months but you not see the money again and he will attempt to cut relations with you before he has paid you back. Please do not go here with him. He runs a tour company with his friends called Morocco Sun Tours. Please do not be fooled by these charlatans. He conned me out of a lot of money. Promised to return it then said he didn’t want to talk to me again.

    Please stay away from Morocco Sun Tours and Abdelaziz Baballah.

    Have pic of him if anyone would to see what he looks like and he is not all that lol.
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  7. 7,8 9 are true! ive been in a relationship with morrocan guy and its a disaster! i dont want to meet one again anymore !he has no fun at all! arrogant and self centered.

    • arrogant and self centered i couldn’t agree more ,and sadly all other things mentioned above are true, they exist among the very people i encounter daily. But fortunately not all of them due to self awarness and education.

  8. I lived in Morocco and what you wrote is exactly what I observed every day. I like the fact also that even if you love the country, you are not a fool and you have the courage to say what you think. Even Moroccan agree with you because you described the everyday life so accurately. “C’est la vérité. J’te jure, j’te jure.”

  9. It’s incredible ! Went for a conference in Marrakesh and all the way this is what i’ve felt and experienced.
    I was so much excited to be in morroco and the excitement vanished in no time. It’s true that morroco is a very beautiful country and I could only wished that the people’s mentality was as beautiful. The arrongance is really at a summit which I’ve never seen. I am from Mauritius and we know what hospitality is and what we are praised for.
    Really I will never make it back again here.

  10. My worst experience as a tourist, My bag with money, credit cards, phone etc, was dragged from my arm by a passing motorcyclist within minutes of arrival, so I guess I am prejudiced. Even so, I thought this was the most hostile and unpleasant town I ever visited in a lifetime of travel. Garbage and rubble line the alleyways. At every moment you are dodging a rider with no lights at night or car pushing its way through pedestrians. Maps don’t help, as they are generally too vague, and the streets either have no visible names or they are in Arabic, rarely in French. Nearly everyone is trying to rip you off, whether salesmen, taxidrivers or the legions of young men in the streets who seem to have nothing else to do. Ugly by day and scary by night. Yes, there are a couple of mosques, palaces and gardens, but nothing compared to the Black Sea towns or Spain.

  11. Hi.

    We just got back from our 2 week tour to Morocco, and I have to say, my husband and I were extremely disappointed in the way we were treated by the people. Other than the tour guides, we found the local people to be very dishonest, opportunistic, and sometimes downright hostile. We went there to experience the culture, the scenery. We are not big consumers, so we bought a few small things, but not much. Just a couple souvenirs. However, we were hassled constantly by merchants. They would be very friendly, and as soon as we expressed a polite, “La, Shukran” to them, they would immediately dismiss us or give us hateful attitudes. The Berber people certainly seemed more friendly. But, most of the people we came across clearly saw us as nothing but walking money bags. We are not wealthy by any means, according to Western standards, and I understand that we must appear rich to many Moroccans since we can afford to travel at all, but we had to just about break the bank to go on the trip. It’s not like we have tons of cash sitting around. I can understand that people would want to sell their wares to us. They are just trying to make a living, but I got very much a feeling that many of the people felt entitled to our money. We gave food/money to people who looked really down and out, but I certainly couldn’t buy something from everyone, or give money to everyone. This was the first time we had ever been to a developing country, so maybe that is why we were so taken aback. But, I just don’t understand why so many people were so hateful. I felt bad for some of the people. Many of the people seemed to be living well- well fed, housed. We possibly may have bought a couple more things from merchants, but we were so agitated about the constant deception (for example, telling us they only have certain higher priced items on the menus, when it was not true as they later offered it to others; or telling us the restaurant across from the hotel is closed to encourage us to eat in the hotel restaurant, plus many other similar instances) and the hostility that we didn’t want to spend any more of our money there. Can someone help me to understand their attitudes a little better? I was concerned that I give a fair price for an item I had to haggle for, and I thought, you know- why am I worried about being sensitive to the merchant- he would fleece me in a second without a moment’s hesitation?

  12. AssalamuAlaykum
    I feel so much better reading this; I don’t want to have any negative feelings towards the country, but just reading this makes me feel less alone. I am half Moroccan (my mother’s side), and growing up for half of my childhood (and when visiting the country) I always felt so isolated and like I was going crazy; was it just me? Why does it seem like I’m the only one who feels this here while so many people only speak positively of it? Turns out, as this article proves, there are people who feel negatively about the country in certain areas (not to say the whole country is bad, but like any other place, it isn’t paradise, no place on earth is). Just reading your article and these comments I feel more peaceful with myself, like I can continue this vacation. I felt anxiety and had a panic attack when coming back over for a month, but your words, I’m sure, will help me be able to brush off Moroccan people’s derogatory looks and borderline verbally abusive remarks in the street (strangers, friends and family) more easily knowing it’s not just me that experiences this.
    About the education system, I went through 7 years in the education system here (8 years old to 15), you are very spot on about the things that are lacking; I would also add that the verbal and physical abuse of the teachers to students (especially harsh if the student is exceptionally anything ie, pretty, ugly, foreign, mixed race, poor, fat, smart *that the teacher feels intellectually threatened, I had a friend like this*, or dumb,etc) is also a big problem and makes students distance themselves from embracing educational lessons at school. Pair that with the lack of motivation many teachers have for teaching unless money is involved (as you perfectly explained through the after school tutoring centers they may be involved in) and you have the resulting problem persistent in Morocco.

    Thank you for your article, it is honest but as you said, this is a beautiful country, if only the people’s mindsets would be a little less harsh and more Islamic in the true meaning, it would be pretty close to paradise on earth.

  13. “Being overly friendly to strangers is just something they were never taught to do.”

    I have my doubts about that. I think they ARE taught to be overly friendly to strangers, especially tourists – in order to rip money out of them. Otherwise, they despise you and treat you like shit.

    I first came across your article during my first weeks in Morocco, and initially it made me feel skeptical. My previous experience in Morocco was very different, and I could only see kindness and openness from these people. They indeed know how to talk to your heart, but only as a way to deceive you later. After three months living here, I am now constantly thinking about leaving – I simply don’t feel comfortable anymore, and my social interactions were definitely not healthy (all of them Moroccans, since I decided to avoid “expat ghettos”) – which is a pity, because Morocco can be really delightful, and the light/energy you get at this place is absolutely surreal.

    Reasons to leave?

    GOSSIP (yes, they only talk about themselves and others, and they will talk about you to others, just wait. Conversations are mostly superficial no matter how educated they are and there is a general ignorance about any subject that is not related to their own country, Islam, or the neighbour’s new car. Extremely shallow and materialistic people);
    “EVIL TONGUE” (gossip on steroids – the criticism they sometimes have “on the back of their minds” can appear as straightforward defamation and lies, some of them with the clear intention to destroy your reputation. Be careful, they are very judgmental and malicious);
    THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR MONEY – I was first warned about this by a Berber guy who I became friends during my early days – he was the only person who never asked me for money. It didn’t take me long to realise that people here are constantly trying to make me pay things for them, or give them cash they will never pay back (apparently this is the only way to be “friends” with a “rich foreigner” in Morocco. Thank god I haven’t fell in love by anyone here…);
    ARROGANCE (this is unbelievable! I’ve spent many years in the UK, and I thought the British were too arrogant, too proud of themselves – but Moroccans can be infinitely worse, and they can respond very badly if you criticise “their way”…);
    CORRUPTION (most taxi drivers of Tangier City should be arrested for extortion – that’s what they do and it should be considered criminal);
    VIOLENCE (Moroccans try not to be violent to tourists, most of the time – but they have no reservations to treat each other like punching bags, especially who is perceived to be “lower class”. They can turn very aggressive too, and this is the main reason why I disliked so much this country. “Gangsta Rap” culture is the rule amongst the youth in a place like Tangier, and guys show their virility by being utterly pathetic, a caricature of “macho”. I now feel this is a violent country on the verge of an uprising! Putting my paranoia aside, it has become a routine to watch dreadful scenes from my window – including man spanking woman or gangs throwing stones against each other, sometimes hitting a car or someone’s house. And the worse part of it: NOBODY DOES ANYTHING, not even the police).

    Counting the days to leave this place, and probably never to come back. Despite some lovely visual memories, and almost mystical social interactions (like the poor man in rags who briefly taught me about the Sufi art of “speaking from heart to heart”), I think Morocco is unsuitable for anyone who appreciates peace and tranquility, and Tanger haven’t preserved anything from its “interzone period” – it is culturally boring and distasteful (fact). I do recommend for tourism, occasionally, but it is definitely a hostile environment for expats and truly claustrophobic for mindful Moroccans themselves.

    Enjoy while the magic lasts…

      • Cos ur not anyway clearly u have some mental issues man …get over it lol ..calm down are u one of the those losers or homeless that waiting for others to feed them and all u can do is complaining all time I’m half frensh Half Moroccan and I do love Morocco more than France and Fensh as well …French people are boring and grumpy and annoying …I feel more happy and comfortable in Morocco …and I know Algerians are jealous from Moroccan and so many Arab countries ..u must be one of those countries who just want to give bad reputation about Morocco ..but no matter what U say and do …Morocco stays the best and loved by soooo many people …like it or not haters

        • I don’t think your real name is Johny you are obviously Moroccan by the grammatical English errors that are common among Moroccan English students. 🙂 You are only angry because someone told the truth, and you know it because Moroccans themselves complain about these same points. You are just angry it is a European who is pointing it out.

  14. I hate people like you who live in a european country to rich parents and look down on morocco an d criticize it.What you wrote is sth most moroccans suffer from and are not the cause of.You wrote about the assholes as if this was the rule.Plus you’re probably treated badly because you’re a moroccan epat and we know you think you’re better than the rest of moroccans(zmagria is what we call you).There are lots of “civilised” ppl in morocco mind you.You’re not welcome in morocco anyways.Stay in your “civilised” country and stop tarnishing the reputation of our own,outsider.

  15. Morocco is a developing country so there are youth who fight and petty crimes.You make it seem as if that’s what all of morocco is.Like I said ,stay in your country so as not to be bothered with uncivilised ppl.The way you speak is so arrogant,if you don’t like it here leave and don’t come back no need for a punching bag.and if ppl come to your house it’s that they consider you a friend,too bad they don’t see how you look down on them.

    • You would sell your mothers soul to live in the country you are telling him to stay in. I am Moroccan and i cant agree more with this article and most of the comments. Instead of attacking maybe try to become better people for the sake of the future of Morocco. Good Luck buddy from a “zmagri” like u call us

  16. Also ppl are changing in morocco ,becoming more aware.I’m writing too much cause you really pissed me off.The ppl are really getting better and we are nicer than most coutries,you should just not be a first world spoiled brat.It’s really bad to say such stuff about ppl of a country,uncivilised,huh who do you think you are to call us that?pretentious asshole.

      • U must be a hater clearly I can swear that ur not even Moroccan Algerian !??? Get the fuck out of Morocco if u don’t like it ..people like u who are ruining it anyway …losers who can’t do anything in their life and all they do Is complaining alll the time instead of working hard for their life !!pffffff ..I’m not even Moroccan it I love this country as I saw soo many good things about it that I couldn’t find in other countries I have been too ..

        • I am leaving 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 been here 4 years for work and now I have just 4 more months! I can’t wait to divorce morocco. hahah.

    • They are super Racist When I got in a taxi in Rabat with sub-Saharan Africans the Moroccans kept saying AIDS and EBOLA. I mean just ask the sub-Sharan Africans how they feel living in Morocco. THEY ARE SUPER RACIST!!!!! Everyone from Rich Expats to migrants suffer in this country. Negative Energy EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE.

  17. I never understood why Moroccans are so proud of this amazing country, yet most of them can’t wait to leave. If you say anything about Morocco they get extremely upset as if you have spoken ill of their mothers. Very bizarre

    • Exactly! They tell you how much they hate themselves and their country, but when you say ‘ yea Morocco sucks’ and agree with them they get super offended. hahaha I don’t get it. The country does suck! Lets be real.

  18. I’m from Canada and visited Marrakech for the first time in July. What an amazing experience it was. It’s people are so lovely and friendly. And every place I visited are so beautiful. I guess it depends your state of mind and heart when visiting another country and its culture and traditions. One must be respectful as visiting a museum of arts or a beautiful library. We learn so much by just opening our minds instead of closing it and enjoying what it’s teaching as we visit each area. Otherwise stay home and just imagine what it wld be and criticize, because That’s what most ignorant people do when knowledge bores them instead of appreciating its historical ways and what’s being taught.
    I love Morocco so much that I’m going back this October. Can’t wait. Peace.

    • Well said Same here I have amazing exp and time in Morocco with people and everything ..everything he said was not right to be honest …as I mentioned before he might have some issues in his personality That’s why he sees things from the negative side and he closes his eyes to see the big positive side of Morocco ..I have never seen friendly people as Moroccons and that’s what everyone agree about …people there help each other chat with each other everywhere u go …in the Train taxis street shops coffees ..very beautiful atmosphere that u can’t find anywhere else ..love going there and I dream to go and live there one day hopefully..

      • Not to be negative, but wait till you live there for more than 6 months and then you will see they are being nice for altier motives and not out of sincerity. They are hospitable, but not kind. They are being that way to either get something or increase their reputation not because they have a white heart.

    • Not to be negative, but wait till you live there for more than 6 months and then you will see they are being nice for altier motives and not out of sincerity. They are hospitable, but not kind. They are being that way to either get something or increase their reputation not because they have a white heart.

  19. Thank u for your
    Representations me too i hate this facts in morocco and i want it to disappear especially the boys they had dirty mindes living like animals and u hear these words from a 18 years old boy wants you to know that there is no hope to change this Instinctive behavior but for me i’m so proud to till u that i didn’t try to pick up any girl ever and i’m waiting for the one who really deserve my care but in the other side i really how i’m going to find her if still like that without turning to be animal like the other boys but in all cases i’m not going to change i will still like that even if i won’t get my dream girl
    i just want u to know that a boy like has already exist in this darkness
    and thank u

  20. Not all of ur points are true to be honest ..I live in Europe and I hate it and I hate its people ,some of the points u said I found them in Europeans the most , Morocco is loved by so many people and Moroccans are friendly ..I have never seeeeen in my life as friendly people as them to be honest …they don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun cos they know how to have fun without drinking and looking like a shit ….I know a lot of people they moved to Morocco and live there and they love it …if u had bad experience it doesn’t mean everyone does …I have bad exp in Europe as well …everyone’s experience is different ..and the bad and the food are everywhere no one is perfect …maybe ur the one who have issues in ur personality that’s why it’s hard for others to handle u !!!! Sometimes we are the ones who have prob and issues and we blame it to others ..concerning the quality of products in Morocco There are good products as well ..in Europe I buy expensive products and good quality as they claim but they don’t last one month lol …while I have some products from Morocco they last forever …and also not everyone want to leave Morocco except the loosers and the lazy people who can’t do anything and blame the government lol …and even when they do leave they still the same they don’t do nothing cos they are the prob. Not the government…..so if u say these things it doesn’t mean everyone saw what u saw…..as I said above everybody has a different stories and experience..still Morocco is the best among soo many. Countries ..and I can assure u that is even better than some of the European countries as well ….some of ur points were completely wrong …..

    • Morocco better than European countries?. Is that why they try to sneak in on boats?, by Shan marriages and other illegal ways?.

      • Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Moroccans are not friendly AT ALL. If they are friendly it is to get something for themselves, have you never seen the knifes coming out of the women’s eyes as you walk by? They all drink alcohol and have sex, but in a hypocritical way because they pretend they don’t then go to mosque and pray so its all secret. Also, the men cheat on their wives all the time. Maybe because you are a man you don’t see it but I get cars stopping 5-6 times a day thinking I will get it mostly 40 year old men. *gag* Lastly you are giving her a hard time for criticizing your country but I know in two minutes you will be turning around to your friend and saying how awful Morocco is. Moroccans hate their own country and that is a huge problem in and of itself.

  21. This post helped me a lot. Thank you for speaking out so comprehensively on this. And I believe you’re right. Pedagogy and the educational system are crucial. The challenge will be to implement improved teaching standards, when those in power have a clear interest in maintaining the situation just the way they like it – with the powerless ever more discouraged.

    I pray for Morocco. I really do. Her young people deserve far better

  22. i can’t disagree as a moroccan, im completely different and im willing to exit this damned country and look for my life and my goals outside. seriously! people live here for nothing, die for nothing. i want to do something, live for something, die and be remembered for doing something! i don’t know if its a miracle or no but thank god and my parents for raising me in a correct way in order to end up like what a human is supposed to be.

  23. I’m dating a morrocan this time being. But he work outside Morocco. Before I read comments section, I have trust in him. but now, thanks to you guys… it has declined somewhat. Hahaha. but its okay, it’s only been a few weeks. maybe I should be alert … thank you all for the pros and cons. It’s open my mind

  24. Jesus Christ,

    How you were able to write this?
    I really never seen, a spot on, text like this.
    Really is 100% accurate.
    I am a Moroccan, living in Europe, and those 20 reasons are exactly the reason, why Idon’t like to go to Morocco, although it really magical there.
    Nice writing sir.

  25. It is difficult to simply generalize Moroccans. Moroccans come from a variety of backgrounds. There are different ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic classes within Morocco. Within this these groups are people with coming from a various educational backgrounds. I’ve traveled the world and I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The mentality that most of the commentators despised I’ve seen within most Eastern Muslim countries. Some of those traits I see here in the west with Westerns, so it is not limited to Moroccans or Morocco. I’ve traveled the world and I’ve met people from all over the world and my opinion is this. People from or living in developing countries idolize wealth, material things and those who are highly educated because this unavailable and unachievable for most people in their country. These are countries where money speaks and gives people respect and power. That is why those who immigrate are idolized because their modest American or western salary appears a lot for family and friends back home, they never take into consideration cost of living in the West. I’ve seen a lot of Morccocans working 2-3 jobs to afford a materal looking life that looks somewhat decent to the outside world but not everything is what it seems. Even the upper middle Class Moroccan women go to Turkey to buy fake “Marka.”
    I’ve seen Moroccans get paper divorces so that they can get low income housing and government insurance but they have a luxury apartment and nice cars back home. All the money they save is shipped to Morocco and when it runs out they come back to make more.. Facebook and Istagram photos are all smoke and mirrors and a facade. Last what I will say is I had a Moroccan couple as neighbors. She a Nurse Anesthetist back home, he a lawyer neither degree transferable in America so they both went back to school. She went 4 years of school to become a nurse while pregnant and modeling on TV. She completed school with a small child and he went to night school for Accounting. He stayed home with the kid and did an amazing job with him. This couple hustled and truely blew me away. Truly admirable couple. I have another Moroccan couple who I know. He works 2 jobs, they are always divorcing and getting back together. She comes from a upper middle class family and he came from a poor family but his salary in America was good so she married him. For 13 years they have been married on and off and she treats him terribly and shows him no respect. She gossips, judges people, her family treats people as below them but she is a no one important. They break up and get back together often. He tries to move on but he has terrible stereotypes of Western women, so he always returns to her and the kids. My point it is impossible to stereotype.

  26. Although I agree with OP it’s always difficult to generalize you are 100% right on all comments. I’ve see all of this so many times and tried to express to others, but never so eloquently. Thank you for writing this it’s helped me see in words how I feel often.

  27. I couldn’t agree more. My list of reasons actually gets longer now as I am married to one !! Although my wife is very different than Moroccans and she is trying her best to change and learn manners and my culture too, I still get annoyed with the way people think and behave in Morocco (and Moroccans living in Europe). I used to live in French side of Belgium which is full of them and I moved to the Dutch side so I can stay away from them. Now I have a title for Moroccans… Alf Riyal.. it means Thousand Riyals because they always talk about thousands and millions in a currency that they don’t even have. Each sentence that comes out of a Moroccan mouth must contain a number and the word Riyal. 😀

    We now have a daughter and I got her my nationality and luckily my wife was OK with that while another Moroccan woman would make a big fuss out of it. I simply told my wife that I am the father and according to natural cycle of all species, I will manage the family. Because in Morocco, men don’t tend to be very responsible and all the house related decisions are controlled by women. Brothers don’t work and the sisters are expected to support their families even when they are married and living abroad.

    Ah my comment got a big long but you lot are the first I could share my mind with. THANK YOU FOR READING 🙂

  28. Lived here 4 years as an expat. 100% accurate. I am not even gonna lie and say I like the country anymore. Morocco sucks, and made me into a super angry person. If one more girl at ACIMA gives me a dirty look for not having a dirham I swear I will loose my shit. Morocco sucks! Glad to be leaving for good soon.

  29. The French wannabe phenomenon find its root in the colonisation period and western power. Thus modernity in Morocco is linked to French culture but things are changing with the new generation…

  30. Dear Lina,

    I’d like to respond to your post, because while reading it I laughed and also cried.

    I’m a moroccan citizen who left my home country in 2009 for university studies. So I’ve been in France for 6 years, moved to Canada for my masters and finally to the USA for an internship and English learning.  Honestly during these 8 amazing years abroad I only missed my loved ones who live in Morocco but I never felt belonging to the culture or the mindset of my home country since I was a kid and started recognizing the difference between the Good and the Bad.

    Unfortunately in 2018 I had to come back as my husband works in Morocco, he is also an educated man and we share the same values. And here my nightmare started. What surprised me the most is that I have never struggled integrating and adapting to a new culture, on contrary it nourished my spirit and curiosity and gave me more motivation to learn and meet new people. However, it wasn’t the case in Morocco ! And I discovered that when I started working.

    My first experience lasted 3 months, as the boss used to see me as a “dangerous element” for him, because I wouldn’t keep my mouth shut when the it’s the 10th day of the month and we still didn’t get paid, or when he sends me extra work and harasses me with calls in the middle of weekend. So I had to quite and asked for my pay of 45 days which he refused to give me and when I decided to suit him, I went to the office of “work inspector” who represents the employees advocate and supposed to get my rights, the guy was already corrupted by my boss and kept giving me appointments to come back later, until I got tired and gave up.

    My second experience was at an offshore center belonging to a French multinational. I was the happiest one and thought I’ve finally found the right workplace, the project was interesting and most of the team members seemed to be mature and had several years of experience. Nevertheless, I was wrong again.

    After few weeks I started discovering how it works. In general I understood that if you don’t spend 5 hours a day talking with your colleagues about your own life, privacy, how much your husband earn and more personal details, also share some stupid jokes and topics they see you as an abnormal person with complex or they feel like your superior to them and don’t wanna talk.

    One day a colleague came to me and said in a rude manner : ” listen ! you’re on a fast paced way we’re not in the North America this is morocco and you should calm down. If you can get your work done in 1 hour, here you must do it in 3 days”. Yeah I was shocked

    At some point they start harassing morally, talking behind your back and underestimate your work. What drove me crazy the most is when someone I already know that he or she hates me lot comes to me with a smile and try to make me feel he or she is a friend… the best considered employees  there were THE SPIES of managers and those who take long breaks, I understood that this was the company culture . If you don’t have almost weekly lunch with the HR department and talk about fashion and badmouth your colleagues you want get your paperwork  done fast.

    They used to criticise successful people, laugh on them, even on people with disabilities. If you don’t have a car or don’t wear a bracelet of gold you’re nothing… I had to be patient and keep focused on my milestones and personal development. After one year and half of patience I was ready to move another step forward and got a new job. So yesterday was my last and wanted to organise a small party, way to say good bye, so I sent an invitation to my team members and some other good friends from other projects and to managers. Unfortunately, all my haters didn’t come. And when I say haters I mean people who were incredibly jealous and tried to make me loose my self confidence just because I used to work as it should be and I graduated from foreign schools. So I celebrated my last day with some good colleagues and friends thanked them for all and left. Now I feel happy, free I really feel like I got rid of a huge weight.

    I have to say that I don’t regret coming back as we’re staying temporaty and despite of all I met amazing rare people and thanks to them I’m keeping hope. I have to be strong and positive as long as we are here, until my husband and I leave to another healthy mind society which believes in hard workers, professionals, human values and civilization. A place where most of people would love to know us as persons, exchange smart conversations, share positive energy, non materialistic and don’t judge you based on how you look or what you have !

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