Copts and Queens

Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Blog

By: Alexander MatikaSummer 2013 Intern

“You feel much more like you’re in Egypt now,” said Father Michael Sorial, a priest at St. Mary and St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City. After the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011 and the ensuing power vacuum, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians have been migrating to the United States in large numbers. In 2012, 2,882 Egyptians were given asylum—9.8 percent of all individuals granted asylum—up from 1,026 in 2011 and 531 in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s...

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From the Rubble: A Cornerstone for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Blog
By: Alexander Matika Summer 2013 Intern On a dusty morning in 2002, during the early stages of the 9/11 recovery operation, rescue workers miraculously discovered a church cornerstone among the ruins of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. Dating to the beginning of the 20th century, the stone was from St. Joseph’s Maronite Church, originally on Washington Street in lower Manhattan, then relocated a few blocks to the northeast to Cedar Street.
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How Many Arab Americans Are There?

Posted by on April 05, 2013 in Blog
As the demographics researcher at the Arab American Institute, I’m often asked about the total number of Arab Americans in the country. Though the question seems simple, the answer is anything but.
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Timing Citizenship in America’s Economic Spirit

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi A recent study explored the impact of changing the immigration status of millions of Americans, and the effect the reform would have on the economy.
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Summer Arabic and Politics Exchange Opportunity

Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari is now accepting applications for its annual exchange program in Tunis, Tunisia.
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