the international migrants’ day « Writing Migration in Literature and in Law »

the international migrants’ day « Writing Migration in Literature and in Law »

To commemorate the international migrants’ day 

The Moroccan Centre of PEN International (the Writers’ World Association)  


The UNESCO Centre « The Law and Migration » (CUDM)

Are organizing Two Round Tables on

« Writing Migration in Literature and in Law »

On Thursday 18 December 2014, from 14 30 to 18 O’clock


The National Library, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco


Concept paper 

To commemorate the international migrants’ day, The Moroccan members of PEN International (Association of writers) and the lawyers who are members of the UNESCO Centre « The Law and Migration » (CUDM) are organizing a scientific meeting on  « Writing Migration in Literature and in Law » on Thursday 18 December 2014 from 14 30 to 18 O’clock at the National Library, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco


Migration has always existed in all societies, but in the last twenty years, migration influxes have developed a lot, particularly in the South.

Both Literature and Law are disciplines which focus on humane and humanist questions and deal with migration issues.  Thus, while the Literature informs about migration and migrants’ lives, the law regulates migration, reports on the different migration cases and defends all categories of migrants.


Morocco has always been a country of all kinds of migration. Its population is a « melting pot » of races and cultures. Many Moroccan family names inform on their migration origins. Since the 1990s, the international conjuncture has witnessed various arm conflicts, economic, political and environmental crises; this was followed by closing western borders for immigrants coming from the South and the introduction of changes in immigration movements towards Morocco.

For some years now, many Moroccan novels and other literary texts addressed the theme of emigration to Western countries.  The « harragas » literature includes texts written in many languages by Moroccan authors. These pieces of literature written on migration take different forms: fictions, stories, reports, testimonials, etc. Some authors resort to aesthetic tools that are tainted with lyrism and magic realism as if to convey the fate of these nomads of modern times who are condemned to immobility.Despite its aesthetic, poetic or lyrical character, this literature is deeply rooted in the everyday news and seeks to restore the human dimension of this issue.

Besides, Migration Law, organizes population movements, sanctions irregular migration and protects migrants. This branch of law has especially developed since the enactment of the Charter of all migrants: the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families of 18 December 1990, a date which is celebrated worldwide as the day of all migrants. Since then, lawyers have invested this discipline.


Migration Law has developed in Morocco especially since 2000. It has developed particularly after the promulgation of the 2011 Constitution, the recommendations of the National Human Rights Council relating to the rights of foreigners in Morocco and the royal guidelines for a more humane and humanistic immigration policy in September 2013.


Until 2013, some foreign «guests” in Morocco were living as irregular migrants and without rights. Several writings concerned their poor social conditions, deplored some violations of their rights and put emphasis on the need to ensure a balance between state law that organizes migration and the law protecting migrants and called for the need to implement the national and international legal instruments relating to migrants’ rights. Referring to the human dimension of migration, some authors have called for more justice towards migrants


During this 18 December scientific meeting, two round tables will address the following topics:


  1. Round Table I: Writing Migration Law: status and recommendations
  2. Round Table II: Writing migration in Literature: between fiction and reality


“Writing migration in Literature and in Law”

On Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 14 30 to 18 O’clock

At the National Library, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco



14 .30    – 14 .45                Opening

Roundtable I: Writing Migration in Law: Status and Recommendations

Moderator: Mrs.  Khadija Elmadmad  (Law Professor, Advocate and   Director of the UNESCO Centre  « The Law and Migration” )

14.45  – 15. 00                    Mme Sylvie Sarolea  (Law Professor at Louvain La Neuve University in  Belgium  and  Advocate at Brussels Bar Association )

15.00 – 15.15                      Mr. Younes Arbaoui (Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands)

15.15 – 15.30                      Researchers in Migration Law under the supervision of Professor Fatima Meslohi (Studies and Research Unit on “Migration and Human Rights”, University Hassan I, Settat)

15.30 – 16.00                      Discussion

16.00 – 16.15                      Break

Roundtable II: Writing migration in literature: Between Fiction and Reality

                                               Moderator: Ms. Aicha Belarbi (University Professor and Expert on migration studies)

16.15 – 16.30                      Khalid Zekri (University Professor, Writer and Critic)

16-30 -16.45                       Mohammed Amansour (University Professor and Writer)

16.45 – 17.00                      Mr. Youssouf Amine Elalamy (University Professor and Writer)

17.00 – 17.30                      Discussion

17.30 -17.45                       Closing

Steering Committee


–          Youssouf Amine ELALAMY

Writer, Professor of literature and communication

President of the Moroccan Centre of PEN International

Phone: 212 6 61 40 11 02



–          Khadija Elmadmad

Advocate and Professor of Law

Director of the UNESCO Centre “The Law and Migration” (CUDM)

Phone: 212 6 68 89 60 00 // 6  61 31 10 42



–          Mohamed Jawad IDRISSI QAITONI

Advocate and former Liaison Magistrate

Member of the Board of the UNESCO Centre “The Law and Migration” (CUDM)

Tel: 212 6 61 81 56 24



–          Fouzia Rhissassi

Professor of Literature

Former Dean of the Faculty of Letters in Kenitra

Secretary General of the Moroccan Centre of PEN International

Tel: 212 6 61 22 90 23