approx. 50 million
Regions with significant populations
United States 3,500,000
United Kingdom 500,000
Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Hebrew among others
Islam in Europe, Christianity in the Americas, but also Druze and Irreligion, among others
Related ethnic groups
Lebanese diaspora · Iraqi diaspora · Egyptian diaspora · Yemeni diaspora · Palestinian diaspora · Syrian diaspora · Moroccan diaspora
Arab diaspora refers to Arab immigrants, and their descendants who, voluntarily or as refugees, emigrated from their native lands and now reside in non-Arab countries, primarily in South America, Europe, North America, as well as South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and West Africa.
Overview [ edit ]
According to the
International Organization for Migration, there are 13 million, of which 5.8 million reside in [8 ] Arab countries. Arab expatriates contribute to the circulation of financial and human capital in the region and thus significantly promote regional development. In 2009 Arab countries received a total of 35.1 billion USD in remittance in-flows and remittances sent to Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon from other Arab countries are 40 to 190 per cent higher than trade revenues between these and other Arab countries. [9 ]
Large numbers of Arabs migrated to
West Africa, particularly Côte d'Ivoire (home to over 100,000 Lebanese), [10 ] Senegal (roughly 30,000 Lebanese), [11 ] Sierra Leone (roughly 10,000 Lebanese today; about 30,000 prior to the outbreak of civil war in 1991), Liberia, and Nigeria. Since the end of the civil war in 2002, [12 ] Lebanese traders have become re-established in Sierra Leone. [13 ]
Arab traders have long operated in
Southeast Asia, trading in spices, timber and textiles. But an important trading minority in the region that goes largely unrecognised comprises the local descendants of Arabs. Most of the prominent Indonesians, Malaysians, and Singaporeans of Arab descent have their origins in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, especially the coastal Hadhramaut region of Yemen and Oman. They are the Hadramis. As many as four million Indonesians are of Hadrami descent, and today there are almost 10,000 Hadramis in Singapore. [14 ] [15 ]
Americas have long been a destination for Arab migration, with Arabs arriving in some countries at least as early as the nineteenth century, but even as early as 1492 with several Moors among Christopher Columbus' crew. According to [16 ] Saudi Aramco World, the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Arab World is in Brazil, which has 9 million Brazilians of Arab ancestry. Of these 9 million Arabs, seven million are of [17 ] Lebanese ancestry, making Brazil's population of Lebanese greater than that of [18 ] Lebanon itself. Most other Brazilians of Arab descent are mainly Syrian. There are also large Arab communities in Mexico (about 400,000 Mexicans of Lebanese descent), Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, and Venezuela. [19 ] Palestinians cluster in Chile and Central America, particularly El Salvador, and Honduras (between 150,000 and 200,000). The 500,000 strong Palestinian community in [20 ] Chile [21 ] is the fourth largest in the world after those in Israel, Lebanon, and Jordan. Arab Haitians (a large number of whom live in the capital) are more often than not, concentrated in financial areas where the majority of them establish businesses. In the [22 ] United States, there are around 3.5 million people of Arab ancestry. Most Arabs of the Americas are of either Lebanese, Syrian, or Palestinian ancestry. The Lebanese minority in America are mostly Christian, with sizable Muslim and Jewish minorities. [23 ]
The Lebanese diaspora, while historically trade-related, has been linked more recently to the
Lebanese Civil War, and the 2006 Lebanon War. In October 2006, shortly after the 2006 Second Lebanon War had concluded, the Edinburgh Middle East Report ran an article covering the brain drain from Lebanon's universities. Increasing numbers of Lebanese students are travelling abroad to further their education in safer environments. [24 ]
As of June 21, 2007, the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees estimated that over 2.2 million
Iraqis had been displaced to neighboring countries, with up to 100,000 Iraqis fleeing to Syria and Jordan each month. [25 ] [26 ] As a result of growing international pressure, on June 1, 2007 the Bush administration said it was ready to admit 7,000 [27 ] Iraqi refugees who had helped the coalition since the invasion. According to Washington-based Refugees International the U.S. has admitted fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees since the invasion, Sweden had accepted 18,000 and Australia had resettled almost 6,000. [28 ]
As of 2012, at least 127,860 Iraqis live in Sweden.
As of 2004, [29 ] France is home to an estimated 5 to 6 million of people both Arabic and Berber speaking from North Africa. [30 ] There is also a medium sized Arab community in [31 ] Australia (home to roughly 400,000 Arabs, mostly Lebanese), where Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken second-language. The number of Muslim and Christian Arab Australians are roughly equal with a slight Christian majority. See Australian population: ethnic origins. [32 ]
Notable persons [ edit ]
Prominent members of the Arab diaspora include;
André Apaid (Lebanese origin), high-profile Haitian businessman
Antoine Izméry (Palestinian origin), Former wealthy Haitian businessman and pro-democracy activist
Carlos Slim Helú (Lebanese origin), Mexican businessman. He was listed as the richest man in the world by Forbes.
Charles Elachi (Lebanese origin), the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Fredy Nasser (Palestinian origin), Honduran businessman
George J. Maloof, Sr. (Lebanese origin), American businessman, owner of the Houston Rockets
Miguel Facussé Barjum, (Palestinian origin), Honduran businessman and landowner
Mohamed Al-Fayed (Egyptian origin), Businessman, former owner of London's Harrods and the Ritz Palace in Paris.
Nadhmi Auchi (Iraqi origin), Businessman, founder and Chairman of General Mediterranean Holdings
Nicolas Hayek (Lebanese origin), Swiss-Lebanese American entrepreneur, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Swatch Group
Yazid Sabeg (Algerian-born) French businessman
Literature / theatre
Media and intellectuals
Adel Tawil (Egyptian / Tunisin origin), German singer, songwriter and producer
Ali B (Moroccan origin), Dutch rapper
Bushido (Tunisian origin), German rapper
DJ Khaled (Palestinian origin), American DJ
Eric Saade (Palestinian Lebanese origin), Swedish singer
Fady Maalouf (Lebanese origin), German singer
Fredwreck (Palestinian origin), American record producer
La Fouine (Moroccan origin), French rapper
Ibrahim Maalouf (Lebanese origin), French saxophonist
Kareem Salama (Egyptian origin), American country singer
Karl Wolf (Lebanese origin), Canadian pop star
Khaled (Algerian origin) Raï musician now living in France
Maher Zain (Lebanese origin), Swedish singer
Malika Ayane (Moroccan origin), Italian singer
Massari (Lebanese origin), Canadian singer
Natasja Saad (Sudanese origin), Danish rapper and reggae singer.
Rachid Taha (Algerian origin) Raï musician now living in France
Rami Yacoub (Palestinian origin), Swedish record producer
RedOne, (Moroccan origin), Swedish record producer
Salem Al Fakir (Syrian origin), Swedish singer
Sarbel (Lebanese origin), Greek singer
Tarak Ben Ammar (Tunisian origin), international movie producer and distributor
Ali Alatas (Yemeni origin), former Indonesian foreign minister
Abdalá Bucaram (Lebanese origin), former President of Ecuador
Alberto Dahik (Lebanese origin), former Vice President of Ecuador
Antonio Saca (Palestinian origin), former President of El Salvador
Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé (Palestinian origin), former President of Honduras
Carlos Menem (Syrian origin), former President of Argentina
Donna Shalala (Lebanese origin), former American Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Seaga (Lebanese origin), former Prime Minister of Jamaica
Gilberto Kassab (Lebanese origin), former mayor of São Paulo
Jacobo Majluta Azar (Lebanese origin), former President of Dominican Republic
Jaime Nebot (Lebanese origin), mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador
Jamil Mahuad (Lebanese origin), former President of Ecuador
Julio Cesar Turbay (Lebanese origin), former President of Colombia
Mari Alkatiri (East Timor origin), Prime Minister of East Timor 2002–2006
Mitch Daniels (Syrian origin), Governor of Indiana
Najib Balala (Yemeni origin), member of parliament in Kenya
Paulo Maluf (Lebanese origin), politician, former mayor of São Paulo city and former governor of São Paulo state in Brazil
Rachida Dati (Moroccan-Algerian origin) French politician and Member of the European Parliament, ex- Minister of Justice.
Ralph Nader (Lebanese origin), 2004 US presidential candidate, activist for consumer rights
Said Musa (Palestinian origin), former Prime Minister of Belize
Salvador Jorge Blanco (Syrian origin), former President of Dominican Republic
Schafik Handal (Palestinian origin), Salvadoran born FMLN leader
Khadija Arib (Moroccan origin), Dutch politician
Ahmed Aboutaleb (Moroccan origin), Dutch politician
Nazem Kadri (Lebanese origin), is a Canadian ice hockey player
Matteo Ferrari (Algerian origin), Italian footballer
Migidio Bourifa (Moroccan origin), is an Italian long-distance runner
Justin Abdelkader (Jordanian origin), an American ice hockey player
Brandon Saad (Syrian origin), an American ice hockey player
Mário Zagallo (Lebanese origin), Brazilian football coach and former player
Naseem Hamed (Yemeni origin), also known as Prince Naseem, English professional boxer
Samir Nasri (Algerian origin), French footballer
Karim Benzema (Algerian origin), French footballer
Zinedine Zidane (Algerian origin), French footballer
Sami Khedira (Tunisian origin), Germany
Khalid Boulahrouz (Moroccan origin), Dutch footballer
See also [ edit ]
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External links [ edit ]
KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo II: Migración Árabe a América Latina y el caso de México (Spanish Edition)"
KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo III: El Islam hoy desde América Latina (Spanish Edition)"