Dreamers, bright, restless, motivational, and active. These are amongst the many characteristics that can be given to the Egyptian youth. However, unfortunately these very individuals constantly find themselves trapped in an unsupportive environment, unable to habilitate a clean emotional, physical and mental state. Therefore, they become unable to set their characters free and thus many begin striving to leave Egypt. Here are 7 reasons why the youth want to escape and leave Egypt:
As of last Tuesday, Egypt has reached a population of almost 94 million people, making it one of the top 15 overpopulated countries in the world. Wherever you go, you will never be able to be physically comfortable due to the crowdedness that has become an inevitable aspect of the main cities in Egypt. The chaos of overpopulation is unbearable, especially for a person who prefers order and calmness.
“There are no radars to catch speeding cars, heck there are no speed limit signs on any road.”
From kids being kidnapped on the streets, to widespread sexism, to the lack of rules being followed, to the mistreatment of animals and to many more aspects, this country is emotionally exhausting. No minimal will want to deal with all this exhaustion; on the contrary, they will strive to live in an emotionally stable atmosphere.
Anyone who lives in Egypt or even visits Egypt can attest to the massive issues evident in our Traffic. You will never be able to go anywhere, at any time during the day (except for maybe at 4 am) without getting stuck in traffic somewhere on the way and thus being extremely late. There are no radars to catch speeding cars, heck there are no speed limit signs on any road. Trucks casually drive beside cars on highways, roads, and local streets in any given hour. It is extremely absurd and has led to a significant amount of car accidents. Only recently were traffic lights placed on some streets.
“This then leads to a price increase in all fields, which then leads to unstable product prices, unstable electricity bills, and unstable water bills.”
Lack of Social Morals
When people leave their homes, they leave behind all their morals for some reason. You find absurdity from men peeing on the streets to people not respecting lines in any store to bribery becoming a normal occurrence. It’s disturbing to say the least.
Inconsistent Currency Changes
Today in the black market, 1 dollar equals about 12 Egyptian pounds. The dollar rates increase, and decrease, and increase and decrease. This then leads to a price increase in all fields, which then leads to unstable product prices, unstable electricity bills, and unstable water bills. Furthermore, we have now reached a point where banks have suspended visa cards from performing online commercial transactions, in an attempt to deal with the serious lack of dollars issue the country is facing. It is disastrous. If you are the most organized person in the world, you will be forced out of your organizational state and habits.
“It is not surprising anymore to find an engineer who graduated from the American University in Cairo, getting paid 2,000 LE per month.”
Inability to Walk Comfortably in the Street
Sometimes a person gets the desire to go down and walk in the streets and simply admire or get inspired by their surroundings. But if you’re in Egypt, you’re probably dreaming. No woman can go walking alone without worrying about getting harassed and no person in a general sense can go down without worrying about getting stolen or faced with a beggar who will harass you till you give them anything. Mere beauty and peacefulness, is not easily found here.
Egypt’s unemployment rate has reached an all time high of 13.4 percent. Your parents can sweat blood and tears working to get you educated in the best schools, but graduate and you will realize that your education will not necessarily help you land a good job. Not in Egypt at least. And if you are lucky to find a job, the pay is most probably horrible. It is not surprising anymore to find an engineer who graduated from the American University in Cairo, getting paid 2,000 LE per month. Unless you decide to work in corporate, you will find yourself jumping from job to job, or on a constant search for a job. Why the hassle?