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Despite tension, Turkey attracts more Egyptians than ever

Istanbul has been a hot destination for Egyptians for many years and the trend is only increasing despite the tensions between the two countries.
A Seagull flies over the Suleymaniye mosque silhouetted during a sunset in Istanbul, Turkey on November 27, 2020. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
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CAIRO — Istanbul has become a destination for many Egyptians since 2013, when many dissidents moved to the city. With the rapid transition to remote work due to COVID-19, another wave of Egyptians has come, even with tension between Cairo and Ankara at a peak.

Mostafa Habib, 27, an e-learning specialist, is among many Egyptians who moved to Istanbul this year. He arrived in October to join his wife Hana, who started a degree in Islamic art at one of the city's universities. They are planning to stay for the next five years.

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