And here's a 2009 story.
And now an AFP story (a sort of repeat from the BBC story in 2007)
Subhi Mustafa spent 35 years abroad, including a decade in the United States, but now that he has built his dream home in his West Bank village, he isn’t planning on going anywhere else. He's one of a group of Palestinians who have spent years working overseas before returning home to small villages like Mazraa al-Sharqiya [right down the road from Shiloh, halfway to Ofra, above Wadi Haramiya] and rewarding themselves with their ideal luxury home.
“I left my village and lived with the pain of exile so that I could achieve a single goal -- to build a beautiful home in my village for me, my children and grandchildren,” says 60-year-old Mustafa. “I’ve succeeded in doing that, and so I’m never going to leave again.”
Mustafa’s dream home doesn’t exactly blend in with the traditional houses in Mazraa al-Sharqiya, northeast of the city of Ramallah. It’s 450 square meters (4,800 square feet) in size, and has a large courtyard in front that Mustafa says is intended to accommodate his grandchildren.
“There is a bit of competition between the former expatriates when it comes to building houses,” he admits. “But I prefer to compete inside the house, rather than outside it.”
Mustafa says he decided to decorate and furnish it in an “American style.” “I wanted everything to be American-style so my children and grandchildren who live there will be comfortable when they come to visit.”
A house like Mustafa's doesn’t come cheap.
“That cost more than $400,000,” he says, pointing to one house in the village.
“That one was $600,000, and that house cost about one million dollars in total. All of them belong to expatriates who worked in the United States.”
In Mazraa al-Sharqiya, only around 5,000 of the village’s 12,000 residents actually live in the West Bank. The rest are working overseas, most of them in the US.67%?!
Rafae Hamida, president of a local village charity, estimates that 67 percent of the village currently lives in either the U.S., Peru or Brazil. [in 2007, it was "About two-thirds of the village's 15,000 inhabitants live abroad, mainly in the United States". but there are now 3,000 less residents!]
“And every one of them wants to build a house that’s better than the next,” he says.
Who has the demographic problem in these parts?