Would-be immigrants sit atop a border fence separating Morocco from the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla. Photograph:   Angela Rios/AFP/Getty Images

As our ferry approaches the North African coastline, an idyllic backdrop comes into view. The autonomous city of Melilla, with its 500-year-old citade(...)

A souk in Marrakech.  Morocco has not seen the kind of political upheaval that the Arab Spring sparked in its north African neighbours. Photograph: Getty Images

A 20-minute drive south out of central Rabat, the Mohammed VI Institute is a large complex of plush, cream-coloured buildings, sitting behind a fence.(...)

Suzanne Niamke (left) at work in her busy beauty salon.

It’s 10am in Casablanca’s bustling central souk and Suzanne Niamke is opening up her beauty salon. It’s one of several dozen small businesses here tha(...)