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Syrians in Egypt: an overview


by Amina Hussein | Hoqook
Syrians in Egypt (credit: Al Ahram online)Walking in the busy streets of Cairo is not uncommon to meet a Syrian or a newly opened Syrian little shop. Since the beginning of the uprisings in March 2011 thousands of Syrians fled the country; the great majority of them took shelter in the neighbouring countries, including Egypt.

Syrians who have decided to come to Egypt did so because they consider it a better option than tent camps in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey. The cost of living in Egypt is lower and employment opportunity greater: Jordanian and Lebanese job market cannot absorb them and in Turkey they face the language obstacle.

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