Immigrants and the Meaning of Resilience – Reblog of “Meet Margot”

The resilience it takes for an immigrant to start a new life on arrival to the United States, or any country, is something I often think about. We got a bit of a taste of this when moving from Cairo to the United States. Starting with no furniture, 26 suitcases and a cat, we began a new life. We had no jobs, no friends, no community.

But we knew English and we knew at least a bit about what it takes to get around in this country. When immigrants arrive they not only leave behind family and homes, but also professions. The doctor comes to the United States and can no longer practice, taking instead a job as a nursing assistant. The lawyer comes and finds themselves searching for a job in human services. The teacher, unlicensed here, finds themselves taking on the job of baby sitting, or house cleaning, or driving, or working in a factory. Their’s is no expectation of dream jobs.

That is why I love this story called “Meet Margot” at the blog Los Afro-Latinos. It  reminded me once again of the resiliency immigrants show as they forge a new life in a new country. Originally a nurse from the Dominican Republic, Margot has a successful business running a restaurant serving delicious food from where else but the Dominican Republic! Read on….

Finding authentic, delectable Dominican food is as simple as taking the 1 train. Sure, everyone boasts they’re the best. But only Margot Restaurant has been hailed time and time again — in magazines and on Yelp comment boards — as the best Dominican food in the greater New York area.

Margot Restaurant was featured……READ MORE HERE!

2 thoughts on “Immigrants and the Meaning of Resilience – Reblog of “Meet Margot”

  1. What is sad is when they don’t take it in stride. There is a lot of depressions among immigrants. Life may be better for them here, but they know that they may never see their mother again. They come from a culture where parents are strong and respected and now they have to rely on their kids to translate. When you were a doctor in Iraq and you work at a gas station here it can be devestating to the ego. Many immigrants make great sacrifices to come to this country where the streets are paved with gold but where they can’t even read the street signs.

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  2. I too marvel about the resiliency of immigrants/refugees. Their ability to leave everything they knew for a country that they know very little about. Many have left family members in their home country because of trouble with paperwork; others, like my friend who was a professor in his home country and now works in a restaurant washing dishes, have left their profession, career and reputation. Another friend of mine is starting over – she’s in her 20’s, and is going to high school. Humbling, in my opinion! But these people just take it in stride. And they’re succeeding very well!

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