Maryland - Immigration is an exciting and challenging experience. Different immigrants face different challenges. Every time I have a conversation with a Moroccan immigrant in the U.S., I get the sense that coming to this country and settling here hasn’t been stress free.
Maryland – Immigration is an exciting and challenging experience. Different immigrants face different challenges. Every time I have a conversation with a Moroccan immigrant in the U.S., I get the sense that coming to this country and settling here hasn’t been stress free.
I would like to share the views of three Moroccan immigrants about the challenges they have faced and what piece of advice they have for the newcomers.
Fayssal El Khallfouni, a 33 year old Moroccan-American from Rabat, believes that the immigration system itself is a challenge. The Florida based Moroccan switched his immigration status from a student to a permanent resident a few years ago.
“I had to struggle a lot to legalize my stay in the U.S. It requires a lot of money and it is a stressful process. I think people should be very careful of how they come here,” he said.
When asked about his advice for the newcomers, he explained that they should study, learn English and earn a degree or a certificate.
“America isn’t perfect, but we still can enjoy what we can’t back home,” he added.
Jaouad is a Moroccan-American residing in New York City in his early thirties. He has been in the U.S. for almost 10 years.
“Leaving Morocco itself was my most challenging moment,” said Jaouad. When asked about his immigration challenge, he said: “This is America. Be optimistic and try to work for your own progress.”
Mustapha Akhoullou, who has arrived in the U.S. very recently, is a young graduate from the city of Agadir. He decided to take the state of New Jersey as his new home.
“The biggest challenge I have encountered so far in the U.S. is twofold: Every new immigrant needs assistance, or say guidance from his/her fellow Moroccans, but many Moroccans lead you to trivial jobs, because many of them don’t hold important positions in the American society. As far as those Moroccans who hold important positions in the U.S. are concerned, they are indifferent towards their fellow Moroccans,” he explained.
“My advice to new immigrants is consider your relocation here as an adventure. Calculate your steps and never imprison yourself in unimportant jobs. Hope for the best but always expect the worst so that you don’t get shocked,” he added.
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