- About seven in 10 young Moroccans (69%) have secondary or post-secondary education, outstripping previous generations (Figure 1).
- But youth (aged 18-35) are also more likely than their elders to be unemployed: 21% say they are not employed and are looking for jobs, compared to 4%-6% of 36- to 55- year-olds (Figure 2).
- These youth who are unemployed (i.e. not employed and looking for work) include 9% who identify as students (Figure 3).
- Unemployment and health top the list of most important problems that Moroccan youth want their government to address, followed by management of the economy and education (Figure 4).
- Fewer than four in 10 young Moroccans say the government is doing a good job of addressing educational needs (38%), improving basic health services (26%), managing the economy (15%), and creating jobs (14%) (Figure 5).
Unemployment and health are the most important problems that Moroccan youth want their government to address, followed by management of the economy and education, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.
But few youth (aged 18-35) give their government passing marks for its performance on these four priority issues, with education receiving the strongest approval rating and job creation the weakest.
Survey findings show that while a majority of young Moroccans possess secondary or post- secondary educational qualifications, far surpassing their elders, they are also more likely than older generations to face unemployment.