Arab Venezuelan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Arab Venezuelan
Total population

over 1,500,000[1]

5-7% of Venezuela's population
Regions with significant populations
Caracas, Maracaibo, Valencia, Maracay, Ciudad Guayana, Barcelona-Puerto La Cruz, Punto Fijo, Margarita Island
Spanish, Arabic
Roman Catholicism
Eastern Orthodoxy
Related ethnic groups
Lebanese people, Syrian people, Palestinian people

An Arab Venezuelan (Arabic: عرب فنزويلا‎; Spanish: Arabo-Venezolano) is a Venezuelan citizen of Arab origin or descent. There are around 1,600,000 Venezuelans of Arab origin, mainly from Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.[1] Most Arab Venezuelans are of Syrian descent with their number between 400,000 to nearly 1 million of inhabitants,[2][3][4] and of Lebanese descent with their number around 341,000[5] to 500,000[6]

Migration history[edit]

Arab immigration to Venezuela started as early as the 19th and 20th centuries. They came mostly from Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine, and are present in significant numbers in Caracas.

Immigration of Arabs in Venezuela has influenced Venezuelan culture, in particular Arabic food and music.

In religion, the majority of Arab-Venezuelans are Christians who belong to the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches. There are few Muslims.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Venezuela, where the estimated 1.6 million people of Arab descent..."
  2. ^ Venezuela boast a Syrian population that nears half a million
  3. ^ According Venezuela's National Institute of Statistics, nearly a million of Venezuelans have syrian roots (SPANISH ARTICLE)
  4. ^ "These newcomers scattered throughout the country and are the core of today’s 400,000 Syrians living in Venezuela..." "hey have joined the approximately 500,000 prior immigrants and their descendants, reinforcing Arab culture amongst the older Arab community which had been almost totally assimilated. "
  5. ^ Lebanese diaspora
  6. ^ "In Venezuela currently reside five hundred thousand Lebanese citizens or of Lebanese ancestry..." (SPANISH)

External links[edit]