Song about the Moroccan American community
This is a song about the Moroccan American community called “God bless America, God bless Morocco”. Encouraging friendship and love. It is worth noting that there are about 50,000 Moroccans in the U.S. The Moroccan community in the United States was rare until the mid-twentieth century. The first North African who came to the current United States was probably Estebanico Al Azemmouri, a Muslim Moroccan of Gnawa descent, who participated in Pánfilo de Narváez’s ill-fated expedition to colonize Florida and the Gulf Coast in 1527. Only Azemmouri and three of his comrades survived during the 11 year long journey, of 5,000 mile, from Florida to the West Coast, ending the tour in Texas. So, in 1534, they crossed the southern United States to Arizona, and later, he was one of four men who accompanied Marcos de Niza as a guide in search of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, preceding Coronado. He was the first explorer who entered an Indian village.
It is also possible that some South American descendants of Sephardic Jews from Morocco emigrated to United States in the early twentieth century, after the decline of the rubber industry in South America in 1910 to which their families had been dedicated for generations. After World War 2, some groups of Sephardic Jews from Morocco emigrated to United States, fleeing poverty in North Africa. Most of them got established in zones where they already had established Sephardic Jews communities from Spain, Turkey, or the Balkans. After French independence of Morocco in 1956, a number of their best young researchers, left Paris to study at American universities, entering in scientific faculties. Arab Moroccans, however, have not arrived to United States in significant numbers until the late 1970s.
During the 1980s and 1990s, many Moroccans entered the United States to attend colleges, universities, graduate schools, and medical schools. Some also arrived seeking work, opening small retail stores and restaurants.
The 1990 U.S. census counted only 21,529 foreign-born Moroccans residing in the United States; 15,004 respondents of census listed the Moroccan as their first ancestry, while 4,074 listed it as their second ancestry.
Later, in the late 1990s Morocco experienced problems typical of developing nations: high government spending and inflation, a huge external debt, limited access to health care, poor housing and living conditions, and high unemployment. Morocco experienced an unemployment rate of 16 to 20 percent. Moroccan citizens began migrating during this period to relieve the high unemployment rate. Most migrants attempted to enter France, Italy, and Spain. But by the end of the 1990s, the European Union began limiting visas for North Africans and barring illegal migrants from entering Europe. Moroccans with higher levels of job skills were able to consider emigration to the United States.
To escape their country’s high unemployment rate, Moroccans who immigrated to the United States typically had more education and better job skills. Most immigrants settled in New York City, New England, Washington D.C, California, and Texas where they established small businesses or entered professional jobs. By the end of the 1990s, most Moroccan immigrants were students or recent university graduates. On the other hand, there were also many who worked as taxi drivers, restaurant workers and mechanics.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census 38,923 Americans stated they were of Moroccan descent. As of 2009 27,000 Moroccans, about 70% of the entire Moroccan American community, had immigrated between 1992 and 2002.