New project : Elephant in the Mediterranean

We are delighted to announce that our project “Elephant in the Mediterranean” is selected by MADAR for the regional grant scheme.

About the project 

Moroccans live with new configurations and transformations generated by the presence of new communities of migrants  in their daily life and public space.  At the same time, migrants may be the “disturbing foreigner” (Freud, 1919) and the object of a double representation : pity or a source of danger.
“Elephant in the Mediterranean”, as a research-action project, goes back to Aristotle’s Poetics to try to reconstruct catharsis through the two emotions that constitute it: horror and pity. They constitute the guiding axis of the research as two categories of representations forming the hypothesis of a research that focuses on a category of cohabitants who share the same territory, daily life and space, but who are nevertheless carriers of other identities, different referents and cultures, within the Moroccan context.
Horror and pity constitute, at the same time, two elements of the artistic direction of a street theater play, whose main character is a giant elephant puppet (4x3x1,5m), carrying inside actors, telling stories, anecdotes and experienced situations. And above all by bringing to the surface of the public debate the elephant in the Mediterranean, questions around migration, alterity, racism, …with the aim to deconstruct discourses contributing towards stereotypical perceptions of migrants.

Workshop – Arts-based participatory methods in migration research – Munich, Germany

Prof. Mariangela Palladino (Keele University – United Kingdom) and Rajaa Essaghyry (Racines aisbl- Morocco) were invited by the Institute of Sociology at the The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) to deliver a talk on Arts-based participatory methods in the context of migration research.

The workshop brought together community- and university-based researchers to exchange experiences, learn about each other’s projects and engage in discussions about methodological aspects and developments focusing on arts-based participatory methods.

During the workshop, Mariangela Palladino and Rajaa Essaghyry outlined the migration and forced displacement landscapes within the Maghreb, particularly in Morocco. They then shared MADAR’ s approach to research in migration and displacement and how arts-based methodologies are deployed in MADAR’s work (e.g. Boza! in Morocco) and previous projects (‘Arts for Advocacy’). The presentation also included a discussion on the challenges encountered along the way and lessons learned. The workshop ended with a Q&A session with the audience.  

The event took place in Munich (at “Eine-Welt-Haus”), on July 6 and 7, 2023. It was organised by: LMU Institute of Sociology (Prof. Hella von Unger) in cooperation with Dr. Annette Korntheuer (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) and Dr. Matthias Otten (University of Applied Sciences). 



BOZA! selection in the SWIFF

We are pleased to announce that our documentary film, BOZA! , has been selected to be showcased at the Student World Impact Film Festival (SWIFF). This recognition highlights the film’s significant impact and its ability to shed light on the complex issues surrounding migration and human rights.

BOZA! is a 26-minute documentary that follows the journey of Barnes, Joel, and Abdou, three individuals who embark on a quest for a better life, leaving their respective countries behind. Throughout their arduous journey to the European “Eldorado,” they encounter unforeseen challenges that test their resilience and hope. The film delves into the various aspects of the migratory adventure, portraying the emotions of fear, rejection, hope, and resilience that are intrinsic to such journeys.

The selection of BOZA! for the Student World Impact Film Festival underscores the film’s ability to captivate audiences and initiate crucial conversations. By sharing the personal stories of these individuals, the documentary aims to foster empathy and understanding while raising awareness about the realities faced by migrants worldwide.

Témoigner pour agir : Open call for testimonies of migrants in North Africa

The only effective way to advocate is to start from what you have experienced, to talk about yourself” (Franck Lepage) – and to share it with humanity.

Are you a migrant in Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria?

Do you want to share a story, an anecdote or an impression about your journey?

“Témoigner pour agir ” is the right place to do it.

“Témoigner pour agir” is a collection of authentic testimonials through which different voices are heard. Your testimonies will help us:
– Connect people to the human stories of migration;
– Understand what words like “integration”, “protection” and “welcome” really mean;
– Raise awareness of pressing issues related to migration and forced displacement while seeking to inform and shape policy at the national and international levels.

You can share your testimonies, in the form of your choice (video, audio, text, image, illustration, photo, etc.) via this group:;
or by sending an e-mail to: [email protected].

Your testimonials will be published on MADAR’s website ( and on its social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc.).

“Témoigner pour agir” is a campaign designed by Racines aisbl, as part of the MADAR (Maghreb Action for Displacement and Rights) Network Plus project, which aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable displaced people in North Africa.


Training workshop for journalists and media on migration

In the framework of the MADAR Network Plus project, Racines aisbl organized on March 15 and 16, 2022 in Casablanca a training and production workshop on migration and forced displacement for Moroccan media and journalists, in partnership with the Moroccan Network of Migration Journalists (RMJM).

“For a professional and pluralist press coverage”

Twenty participants from several Moroccan cities (Casablanca, Rabat, Fès, Beni Mellal, Kenitra, Tiflet, Tangier, Agadir and Tata) working in national and regional media and covering news related to migration and forced displacement attended the event and showed an exemplary involvement.


MADAR’s pre-call workshops

Racines aisbl and Association des Migrations International (AMI) organized six regional pre-call workshops in six Moroccan regions (Casablanca-Settat, Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, Draa Tafilalet, Fès-Meknès, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra and Souss-Massa) between November and December 2020.

These workshops are spaces for exchange between civil society, practitioners, researchers, cultural actors, artists … working on issues of migration and forced displacement in Morocco. The aim was to identify the main priorities for action and research on migration, displacement and protection of vulnerable displaced persons in the context of conflict, at the local and regional levels, and to propose useful and effective solutions in the medium and long term.

In consultation with key migration actors in the six regions, several target audiences, issues and recommendations were identified.