Syrian diaspora refers to the native Syrian people, living outside of Syria, as either immigrants or refugees. The Syrian diaspora constitute a mix of a wide range of ethnicities and religions, primarily Christians, even though in Syria itself the majority of nationals belong to the Sunni Arab community. There are approximately 15 million people of Syrian background, living in the diaspora, lately joined by the recent wave of Syrian refugees to Lebanon and Turkey.
According to the Syrian Ministry of Expatriates, the Syrian diaspora is estimated at over 18 million people who emigrated to North America (United States and Canada), Europe (including Sweden, France and Germany), South America (mainly in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia), Australia and Africa. An estimated one million Syrians live in the USA, including those who are third or fourth generation Arab Americans of Syrian descent.
The Syrian diaspora happen to be from different religious backgrounds including Muslims, Christians and Jews.