March 5, 2020
"Since the 1990s, increasing numbers of Coptic Orthodox Christians have immigrated to the United States particularly through the Diversity Visa, or Green Card Lottery. In recent years, mainstream and Christian media sources as well as Copts viewed this migration as a response to the increase in attacks and persecution against Middle Eastern Christians, especially by ISIS..."
Candace Lukasik is a Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and the 2019–2020 inaugural research fellow in Coptic Orthodox studies at Fordham University. Her research sits at the intersection of migration, religion, and politics, with a special focus on Middle Eastern Christians.
American Anthropology Association