Problems related to religious identity prompt young North Africans to leave France for Dubai

“I have my whole life in France: my culture, my references, my friends … I have done all my schooling there” Parisian 32-year-old Mehdi Belosin, who preferred to leave France, where she grew up “with her ass between two chairs”. “I also have this Arab-Muslim culture. In France, I no longer felt comfortable. I felt that I had to choose between being French or Muslim, ”he says. He condemns “desolate racism in France”, which forced him to return to his native country of Algeria at the age of 24. “I’ve heard” Bugyal “,” comeback “in my country. Some people didn’t want me. Too bad, I’m leaving.”

Returning to the country will not be easy. He does not regain his normal comfort. He then settled in Dubai, which he described as “the perfect mix between East and West”. With his online Arabic learning site, Mehdi goes from odd jobs in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne) to a successful business owner in the United Arab Emirates. The call of prayer takes place in the middle of a district in Marina, Dubai. “Here in the mall too, there are prayer rooms everywhere. I would not be surprised now if I am going to find a mosque somewhere. In France, Mehdi had to “catch up with all the prayers of the day” after work. “Spiritually, you don’t feel well,” he said.

Like Medhi, Idris, a Franco-Tunisian, also lives in Dubai. Tunisian French by his father and his mother, he was brought up in a house “opposite HLM” in Seine-et-Marne. At 19, Idris carried international trade with BTS in his pocket, leaving for France with a “desire to bite the world”. He spent 15 years there. In 2019, he and his wife and their children moved to Dubai. The sculptor does not intend to return to France. “I like it. But that doesn’t mean I can’t see his flaws.” […] Arabs are no longer popular in France. It is not a secret. By France 98, this was fine. This is more complicated since the September 11 attacks… ”he said.

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“Here (Dubai) my children are free to do whatever they want to do as Muslims. If they have Ramadan, no one will notice them, ”says Idris. “To me, human rights means doing housework, eating and building. It is likely to be a car without scratching me, that my wife can walk on the road without fear of being attacked, that my children are safe. It is possible that we do not criticize and speak everything here. But we are fine », He sows.

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