Egyptian Americans are among the more recent groups to have immigrated to the United States.
Unlike other peoples of Arab descent who settled in the Americas in large numbers as early as the mid-nineteenth century, the Egyptians, regarded as one of the most sedentary ethnic groups, began to emigrate in significant numbers only during the latter part of the twentieth century.
However, when other world markets began producing cotton as well, the market suffered and the well-being of the Egyptian rural class greatly deteriorated.
In 1882 the British assumed economic control of the country and built roads, railways, telegraph systems, and canals.
Their immigration was eased by the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which welcomed certain professionals, especially scientists.
Egypt's social order is partially composed of intellectuals, government officials, urban businessmen, and landowners.
All these people contributed to the rich culture of Egypt.