Azzeddine Faraa examines the impact of Morocco closing its borders on March 12th 2020, a decision that effected groups who live by the borders. COVID-19 became a perfect chance for Moroccan and Spanish authorities to address political and economic challenges. Spanish authorities increased the height of the border wall between Morocco and Spain to 7 meters. Moroccan authorities shut down two crossings, Ferkhana and Patio Chile, while keeping the Beni Ansar crossing open for certain nationalities. Faraa examines how both governments used the pandemic to limit the mobility of borders’ communities and advance economic and political agendas.

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May 5, 2021



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