Morocco is not a large country. It has a population of 30 million people. Profound attachment and commitments to the family are a trait that many Moroccans have. Numbers prove this fact. Money that Moroccans living abroad send to their families in Morocco represents up to 20% of the gross domestic product of the country.
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Since family plays such an important role in the life of Morocco residents, expect a lot of questions about family when you visit the country. People will be asking you about whether you are married if you have children, their lives and so on.
To a person living in a Western country this may seem a bit strange and rude but to people in Morocco such conversations as a part of their daily lives and a way to find more about a person and his or her interests. On the other hand, typical Western questions about what you do for work or what company you work for will seem strange to people living in Morocco. This is not how they learn about people.
The next most important factor in the social status of a person after his or her family is education. Only 56% of adult population in Morocco know how to read and write. The ability to read and write is rare in rural Morocco where less than 50% of children that come to first grade actually complete primary school. This percentage is even lower for women, but the gender roles in the country are shifting.
Even as little as twenty years ago, most people you would see in the country socializing and conducting business would have been men. Women were busy with low-profile work such as farming and taking care of children.
However, passed in 2004, Morocco’s new legal code guarantees women rights when it comes to marriage and divorce, custody over children, and property ownership.