Egypt Is Not The Only Solution
Ali Kahalah
American University in CairoContact: [email protected]
Egypt Is Not The Only Solution
Throughout history, immigration has continued to take place in various countries and due to different socio-economic, identity as well as personal purposes. It is of great significance to identify that immigration greatly affects both the origin and host countries in terms of population, economical state as well as social development. While reaching the conclusion of whether immigration is the right choice for an Egyptian family, considering that moving to a Western country would have a large impact on all members, a number of factors are taken into consideration. When a family decides to leave its country, certain factors, usually negative, drive that decision with the support of better conditions usually offered in the hosting state. An important question is then raised, tackling whether identity and personal aspects are in fact more important than economic, financial and security factors. With the lack of security, political and economic stability in Egypt since the 25th of January revolution in 2011, the weight of importance of the identification and personal aspects that falls on the decision to be made is lighter, given that the family should concentrate on the long term security of the family. With a high unemployment indicator, increased inflation, high crime rate and sexual assaults as well as low education ratio, push factors support the decision of the average Egyptian family to immigrate in the benefit of all the members of the family, specifically in the long term.
An average Egyptian family, usually consisting of parents and two children, greatly suffer due to their low financial status, which is a result of the high unemployment indicators as well as increasing inflation rates. The push-pull migration theory tackles the issues that are considered unfavorable about the…