Published on Oct 13, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
After the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government last year the number of Egyptians granted asylum in the US doubled.
Many of them are minority Coptic Christians facing insecurity in their home country.
Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports from New York.
The Arab Spring uprisings successfully uprooted several long-standing authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, and led to elections in Tunisia, and next month in Egypt. But the shift from decades of authoritarian rule to a more open and free society has been bumpy in some cases. And challenges to press freedom persist across the region. VOA’s William Ide has more from Washington