I was going to post a comment there but I thought that this is an important long issue that a comment will not be enough and so I decided to write about it here.
Nura asked this question: "I wanted to ask you all - my fellow Libyan brothers and sisters - whether you also have the sporadic urge to return to Libya or not? "
Of course the subject of returning to Libya is on the mind of most Libyans here including myself! I know people that returned to Libya and settled down, I know men that went back and started working there but their families are still here because of children's education or lack of housing in Libya and so on...
I have watched Libyan children grow to men & women, many of them have been to Libya for holidays, many of them are settled here and would laugh at their parents if they asked them to go back to live in Libya, to them Libya is a holiday destination but is not part of their future, they have jobs here that Libya can not give them, the important issue, is Libya going to welcome them there? are they going to be accepted by the Libyan people or will people in Libya look down on them and treat them like returning immigrants? there are so many questions but not many answers.
Most of us have spent a long time away from Libya, we have almost lost connection but as Nura said when you get older you do start thinking about your homeland and about returning to live.
Living here in the UK is very difficult, believe me, I know many will be saying that I am lucky and that they wish they could come here but these people have not experienced how difficult, expensive and lonely life can be here, AlhamduleAllah many of us just about cope, many of us do not own businesses or homes here so if we decide to go back to Libya for good this means giving up our jobs if we have any, giving up our rented homes then we go to Libya but are we going to find jobs there? are we going to find housing for our families? if things do not go well and we end up jobless and homeless we can return back to the UK or where ever but we will be jobless and homeless here as well, it really is not an easy decision.
Many Libyans abroad have good qualifications & experiences that can be of great benefit to Libya but unfortunately many that went back could not get proper jobs and had to return to the west where they are more appreciated. If you are financially comfortable then this decision is easier as you can always return if life in Libya did not agree with you, the majority of Libyans in the UK are jobless and living on the poverty line, a decision like this is very difficult for them, Libya has made many promises to Libyans living abroad but these promises are yet to be fulfilled, I could go on and on about this subject, we have seen the slow progress Libya is making but is Libya ready for us?
There are so many questions but very few answers