Ercan Yerdelenli: “The Azerbaijani was elected to the official post in the US”;
Recently, the co-founder of the diaspora organization The Network of Azerbaijanis of the US Adil Bagirov became the first Azerbaijanian elected to the US official structure & ndash; Dayton Education Council. About this event and the Azerbaijani diaspora in the USA, “The Messenger of the Caucasus” said the head of the Azerbaijan Association of New York Ercan Yerdelenli.
– American of Azerbaijani origin Adil Bagirov was elected president of the Education Council of the city of Dayton (Ohio). How significant is this event?
– It is always good when such a competent and experienced person is elected to any public, local or state office. Any minority in the US, including Azerbaijanis, is very proud when their representatives are elected to such important posts. Adil Bagirov is an active member of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Network of US Azerbaijanis and the “Karabakh” Foundation; in Washington. The Azerbaijan Association of New York always supports its activities related to the Diaspora.
– How many immigrants from Azerbaijan are there in the US? From what countries do the Azerbaijanis come to the USA, except for Azerbaijan?
– America is a country of emigrants. For decades, the United States has hosted millions of migrants from all over the world. The first wave of Azerbaijani migrants in the United States came from Iran after the Islamic Revolution in the early 1980s. Most of the Iranian Azerbaijanis settled in California and New York. Today, there are about a million Iranian Azerbaijanis in the United States.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the early 1990s, the second wave of Azerbaijani migrants arrived from Azerbaijan itself. It is believed that approximately 20-30 thousand moved then in the US. Today they make up the overwhelming majority of Azerbaijanis in the United States.
– How effective is the Azerbaijani community in the US? What problems does she face?
“America is at the center of the global political arena, so it is vital that every minority has the right to vote so that it can make changes. If we are talking specifically about the Azerbaijani diaspora in the US, then there are many problems that we face because of the activities of the Armenian Diaspora.
Armenian immigrants settled in the US in the early 1900s, many of them gained power and wealth. Azerbaijani immigrants arrived, after many decades, and are just beginning to take root here. Because of the complicated history in the relations between the two countries, there are many obstacles for the Azerbaijani communities in the United States. To overcome these obstacles, the Azerbaijani diaspora cooperates with the Turkish community, which allows gaining more influence in the public sphere. Azerbaijanis are a relatively new immigration population in the United States, and we still face some difficulties, since they have not yet been able to reach promising positions in state institutions or to obtain American citizenship extensively. We believe in a bright future and we pin our hopes on the second and third generation of immigrants.
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