Prefectures and provinces of Morocco

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In Morocco, the 75 second-level administrative subdivisions are 13 prefectures and 62 provinces. They are subdivisions of the 12 regions of Morocco.[1] Each prefecture or province is subdivided into arrondissements (only in prefectures of some metropolitan areas), municipalities (communes, sing. commune) or urban municipalities (communes urbaines, sing. commune urbaine) in other urban areas, and districts (cercles, sing. cercle) in rural areas. The districts are subdivided into rural municipalities (communes rurales, sing. commune rural). One prefecture (Casablanca) is also subdivided into préfectures d'arrondissements (sing. préfecture d'arrondissements), similar to districts (cercles) except they are grouping a few arrondissements instead of rural municipalities.

Note: The arrondissements and (urban) municipalities should probably be thought of as fourth-level subdivisions, on the same level as the rural municipalities, but they are not part of any district.[2]

Moroccan administrative division

List of prefectures and provinces[edit]


Mainland Morocco[edit]

Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region[edit]

Oriental Region[edit]

Fès-Meknès Region[edit]

Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Region[edit]

Béni Mellal-Khénifra Region[edit]

Casablanca-Settat Region[edit]

Marrakech-Safi Region[edit]

Drâa-Tafilalet Region[edit]

Souss-Massa Region[edit]

Western Sahara (most under de facto Moroccan administration)[edit]

Most of Western Sahara is administered de facto by Morocco (where the area is informally named the Southern Provinces by the Moroccan government and media); the rest is administered by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

The United Nations considers the territory to be disputed, as it was not legally transferred by Spain when it abandoned its former colony in 1975, and several states (notably members of the African Union) either recognize the SADR as the sole legitimate government of Western Sahara, or consider that the status of the region (either as an independent state, or as part of Morocco, or as part of Mauritania that initially claimed a part of it) has still not been autodetermined by the local population prior to its annexation. The United Nations has no legal instruments confirming the claims on the region made by the governments of Morocco or the self-proclaimed SADR, and in international treaties, it is still a formal part of Spain that remains to be properly decolonized, even though Spain and Mauritania no longer claim any part of it.

Since the annexation, the situation is worsened by the fact that most of the historic Western Saharan population has fled either to the remaining free zone (now isolated by the Moroccan militarized berm) or to refugee camps in neighbouring countries (notably Algeria), due to lack of resources in the free zone. The remaining native Western Saharan population now lives as a minority among the new Moroccan occupants. The absence of a legal government with a permanent administration in the free zone has also introduced a threat to the security of the surrounding countries in the Saharan and Sahel regions, including Morocco itself.

Guelmim-Oued Noun Region[edit]

Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra Region[edit]

Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab Region[edit]

Before 2015[edit]

Mainland Morocco[edit]

Chaouia-Ouardigha Region[edit]

Greater Casablanca Region[edit]

Tadla-Azilal Region[edit]

Doukkala-Abda Region[edit]

Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region[edit]

Fès-Boulemane Region[edit]

Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate Region[edit]

Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen Region[edit]

Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer Region[edit]

Tangier-Tétouan Region[edit]

Oriental Region[edit]

Meknès-Tafilalet Region[edit]

Souss-Massa-Drâa Region[edit]

Moroccan Sahara (most under de facto Moroccan administration)[edit]

Guelmim-Es Semara Region[edit]

Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra Region[edit]

Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira Region[edit]


In Morocco, a wilaya is an administrative division created in 1981 that "brings together many provinces or prefectures or both at the same time, and is intended to endow big urban units such as Casablanca with an administrative organization capable of meeting the needs that emerge from these expanding cities and their growing populations."[3] Therefore, strictly speaking, the level of wilayas are between the regions and prefectures/provinces (although wilayas only cover urban areas). However, they are often used synonymous with regions or prefectures/provinces in common usage.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population légale d'après les résultats du RGPH 2014 sur le Bulletin officiel N° 6354" (PDF). Haut-Commissariat au Plan (in Arabic). Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  2. ^ List of districts and municipalities (communes) of Morocco by province/prefecture Archived 2009-04-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Wilaya of Grand Casablanca Archived May 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Wilayas, Prefectures and Provinces Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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