Arab Immigrants Consider Returning Home After Revolutions

Some Middle Eastern expatriates are considering returning to their homelands after the Arab Spring protests, according to this short article, translated from Ghorba News:

A new academic research program was launched in New York last month to study the effect of the Arab Spring on Arab immigrants and their decision to return home.

The joint research program is run by New York University and Columbia University, said the Islamic Muslim Student Association of New York University.

The Arab revolutions raised questions for Arab immigrants and reminded them of an old pain, when returning home was just an illusion. But the January 25 revolution in Egypt and the change in the political scene has revived hope.

Abu Kamal is one of the Arab immigrants who came to the United States. He left Egypt in the aftermath of the 1967 defeat by Israel, rebelling against a situation he despised and could not live with. Being part of a family known to have widely supported King Farouk made life difficult for him in Egypt. The King’s exile was no more than a military coup, his family believed.

But today, Abu Kamal is seriously thinking of going back to Egypt, now that Hosni Mubarak’s regime has been overthrown.

(Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, the Muslim Student Association of New York University was misidentified. Voices regrets the error.)

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