Egyptians abroad were forced by climate change to migrate again | Rare Techy
Young Egyptians wake up from their deep slumber and line up at dawn in front of consulates with their bags in hand, waiting for a visa. All they hope for is a comfortable life and a comfortable living environment, but the nightmare of climate change follows them wherever they set foot.
So what do Egyptian expatriates do abroad? How does climate change affect their sustainability?
Architect Omar al-Amrousi, 39, decided to find a better career after graduating from university in Egypt. The UAE was the first place he moved to, but he couldn’t stay there for long, he couldn’t adapt to the high heat of the Gulf country.
Speaking to Raseef22, he said, “Dubai’s extreme heat was one of the main reasons I left the UAE and decided to immigrate to Canada.”
The extreme heat in Dubai was one of the main reasons I left the UAE and decided to immigrate to Canada.
Al-Amrousi was saddened by the imprisonment in the air, a prison from which he did not know how to escape. When he left a house, he ran into the car and turned on the air conditioner, and in the evening, he died from the extreme humidity and bad weather. He added, “This situation made me sad, so I decided to escape this climate.”
According to reports climate change will have a negative impact on the Arabian Gulf region. There is a risk of increased humidity and temperature, and an increased risk of tropical cyclones.
For 11 years, al-Amrousi has lived in Canada, specifically in British Columbia. He felt the change in the weather four years ago, when the rain suddenly disappeared and the plants dried up. He says about that, “This summer the color of the plants changed from green to yellow because of the lack of rain”. He fears a repeat of his migration experience due to the weather, especially after the recent heat waves that hit Canada and killed hundreds of people.
Similarly, Nabil Salam, a 38-year-old engineer, was shocked when he visited the UAE and saw its high humidity, which is one of the reasons that prompted him to migrate to Europe. Speaking to Raseef22, he said, “I left Egypt to find a better place to live in another country, but because of the difficulty in tolerating the climate there I left the UAE. change every year for the worse.”
Rasha Othman, a housewife in her mid-thirties, lives in Canada after leaving Egypt with her family for Saudi Arabia. He couldn’t handle the constant rise in temperature and humidity, which made him sick and tired, especially when he stayed in a warm place and then went to a cold place, and then he pressed.
I lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, and all this time I tried to stand the high temperature there, but I couldn’t, because I had to stay with wind blows all the time, so I can’t move. so I decided to return to Egypt
Speaking to Raseef22, he said, “In Saudi Arabia, the humidity continues to rise, and the translators are working everywhere all the time, because it affects the my style. , this is better for me.”
Some but not all Egyptian workers and expatriates can travel outside the country, to Europe, America, and other countries. So those who are unable to adapt to the situation in the Gulf countries have no other option than to return to their country to find a new way of living there.
Salama Mohammad Abdelbadi’, a Jordanian horse trainer, says he began to notice a change in the weather in Amman since 2015, when the winter season of that year was particularly bad, that is why a group of his friends working in various farms forced him to stop working and come back. to Egypt, because of not being able to stand the bad weather and its sudden changes.
Salama goes on to talk about free labor contracts in Jordan, where a volunteer pays all the travel costs for workers coming from Egypt, but after they arrive, will be at the mercy of the sponsor for a period of not less than two years. . He added, “Currently, the workers are forced to sleep in the farms at night, and they suffer from extreme cold and snow that increases every year. to Egypt during first they get”.
Why should I go home if climate change affects the whole world?
In 2017, Mohammad Sultan, a 29-year-old clothing store owner, returned to Egypt from Saudi Arabia after he could not bear the weather, especially in the summer in the increase in heat waves. He told Raseef22, “I lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, and all this time I tried to stand the high temperature there, but I could not, because I must stay near the winds, because I am no longer awake, so I thought of going back to Egypt.
“Why should I go home if climate change is going to affect the whole world?” asked Omar Hosni, a thirty-year-old engineer, who was very happy when he arrived in the German city of Berlin. He saw the world as if it were a three dimensional painting. He heard about the high level of pollution in Egypt, and soon he became familiar with the climate in Germany. The green colors and trees scattered everywhere comforted him despite the extreme cold and pain.
However, with the sudden and unprecedented increase in cold waves, he believes it is necessary to adapt to all aspects of climate change. Speaking to Raseef22, he says: “Even in Egypt, which was known for its simplicity and gentleness, we now see snow and terrible storms, this made me adapt to any climate, and adapt to its variations in any form. perhaps.”
For her part, Magdy, 53, talks to Raseef22 about the climate change she has experienced in France. When he left Egypt for Paris in 2002, he saw snow on the streets up to 20 centimeters high, but these conditions have changed. “Now there is no snow, only rain, and we see the ice melting from the mountain tops.”
This has led to the loss of mineral water, a major problem facing the entire population of France. They are now finding a solution to this problem. Although the lakes were made up of frozen water, the meltwater has melted into the oceans and affected the salinity level of the soil.
Rasha is in Canada after leaving Egypt with her family for KSA. He can’t handle the ever-increasing temperature and humidity. This made him tired, especially when he was in a warm place and then went to a cold place, and this made him very stressed.
Egypt is the sixth place for the export of foreign workers, after the previous fourth place, the number of Egyptian migrant workers has reached 5 million. Although there are reports that discuss the reasons why this number has decreased in recent years, there are no accurate estimates of the impact and consequences of climate change on this issue.
Here, Rasha Abdeh, Professor of Economics at the Arab Academy for Financial Sciences, while talking to Raseef22, talks about Egypt returning to sending workers abroad. According to him, this is due to the lack of training of Egyptian workers to deal with climate change abroad and to be qualified to adapt to sudden changes in the weather. He added that there are more than 20,000 training centers in Egypt and none of them have thought to address this issue, which is very important and a concern for many people today.
According to Abdeh, foreign countries, which have always turned to Egyptian workers, are bringing in Indian, Filipino or Bangladeshi workers, because they are trained to work in various situations in the climate and areas related to the work environment. He added, “The Ministry of Civil Affairs is not making any effort to recruit Egyptian workers or to train them for a new life in light of climate change, which has become more competitive and focused to the workers of Egypt.”
In the same context, the previous statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Soha Gendi show that many Egyptians abroad want to return to their country because of the sudden change in the weather in in the countries of the European Union, the Pacific Ocean, and North Korea. America, especially among Egyptian investors, because of climate change is threatening their interests and the stability of their businesses. This requires more planning to be able to communicate with Egyptian investors from abroad and attract them to work in the country.