Eliza Kerivan: Egyptian Immigration
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Push1. After losing the Israeli War, many Egyptians fled to the U.S., Europe, or Canada.2. For three decades, Egypt has experienced a period of extremely slow economic growth.3. After the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, the inauguration of the new president, Hosni Mabarak prompted many Eyptians to flee.Pull1. Countries such as the U.S. and Canada, are extremely economically prosperous compared to Egyptian.2. Countries with greater civil liberties than their own were extremely appealing to Egyptians.
Push and Pull Factors
Conditions in Egypt
Dina Powell- Business executive, born in Cairo, EgyptAhmed Zewail- Scientist, born in Damanhour, EgyptDalia Mogahed- Scholar, forn in Cairo, Egypt
Since the largest diaspora of immigrants happened in the mid to late twentieth century, Americans had tried not to be biased against the Egyptian immigrants who arrived as a result of many push and pull factors. In fact, in 2001, the Universal Union of Egyptian Expatriates was developed in order to assist Egyptian immigrants. Also, in 2012 American Egyptians developed the American Egyptian Strategic Alliance to advocate for Egyptian immigrants.
Feelings Toward Immigrants
Obstacles1.Language barrier.2. Though many egyptians that immigrated to America were extremely educated, many got jobs such being a taxi driver or waiting tables.3.Health care issues.
Popular Periods of ImmigrationAfter the defeat of the Egyptians in the Israeli War in 1967, about 15,000 Egyptians immigrated to America from 1967 to 1977. Over the past three decades, many large groups of Egyptians have not only immigrated to America, but also to Canada and Europe.