|According to the International Organization for Migration, there are 13 million Arab migrants, of whom 5.8 million reside in Arab countries.|
|Regions with significant populations|
|United Kingdom||500,000 |
|Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Japanese
|Predominantly Christianity in the Americas, Islam in Europe , but also Druze and irreligion, among others|
|Related ethnic groups|
Arab diaspora refers to descendants of the Arab immigrants who, voluntarily or as refugees, emigrated from their native lands in non-Arab countries, primarily in East Africa, South America, Europe, North America, and parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and West Africa.
According to the International Organization for Migration, there are 13 million, of which 5.8 million reside in 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.
Large numbers of Arabs migrated to West Africa, particularly Côte d'Ivoire (home to over 100,000 Lebanese), Senegal (roughly 30,000 Lebanese), 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, Lebanese traders have become re-established in Sierra Leone.
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.
According to 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 Lebanese ancestry, making Brazil's population of Lebanese greater than that of Lebanon itself. Most other Brazilians of Arab descent are mainly Syrian. Other large Arab communities includes Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico (about 400,000 Mexicans of Lebanese descent) and Chile. 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 Chile 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 United States, there are around 3.5 million people of Arab ancestry. Most Arabs of the Americas are of Lebanese, Syrian, or Palestinian ancestry. The Lebanese minority in America are mostly Christian, but with sizable Muslim group.
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.
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. As a result of growing international pressure, on June 1, 2007 the Bush administration said it was ready to admit 7,000 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.
As of 2012, at least 127,860 Iraqis live in Sweden. As of 2004, France is home to an estimated 5 million of people both Arabic and Berber speaking from North Africa. There is also a medium-sized Arab community in 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.
Prominent members of the Arab diaspora include:
- Awadh Saleh Sherman (Yemeni origin), Kenyan businessman
- 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
- Azzedine Alaia (Tunisian origin), fashion designer
- Rima Fakih (Lebanese origin), Miss USA 2010 winner from Michigan
- Lisa Hanna (Lebanese origin), Miss World 1993 winner from Jamaica
- Paola Turbay (Lebanese origin), Miss Universe 1992 (1st runner-up) from Colombia
- Sabrina Houssami (Lebanese origin), Miss World 2006 (2nd runner-up) from Australia
- Jessica Kahawaty (Lebanese origin), Miss World 2012 (2nd runner-up) from Australia
- Valerie Domínguez (Lebanese origin), Miss Colombia 2005 winner and Top 10 finalist at Miss Universe 2006
- Constanza Baez (Lebanese origin), Miss Ecuador 2013 winner and 2nd Runner Up at Miss Universe 2013
- Bader Ben Hirsi (Yemeni origin), award-winning British-Yemeni director
- Abdel Raouf Dafri (Algerian origin), award winning French director
- Salma Hayek (Lebanese origin), Mexican actress
- Tige Andrews (Syrian origin), an American character actor
- Omar Sharif (Egyptian origin), award winning international actor
- Tahar Rahim (Algerian origin), award winning French actor
- Hiba Abouk (Libian and Tunisian origin), Spanish actress
Literature / theatre
- Amin Maalouf (Lebanese origin), French author
- David Malouf (Lebanese origin), Australian writer
- Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese origin), American poet, writer, artist.
- Wajdi Mouawad (Lebanese origin), Canadian writer, actor and director
- William Peter Blatty (Lebanese origin), American writer
Media and intellectuals
- Magdi Allam (Egyptian origin), Italian journalist
- Hala Gorani (Syrian origin), journalist and anchor of CNN's International Desk
- Edward Saïd (Palestinian origin), US intellectual
- Tariq Ramadan (Egyptian origin), Swiss intellectual
- 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
- Ghali (singer) (Tunisian origin), Italian singer
- Indila (Algerian origin), French singer
- Ibrahim Maalouf (Lebanese origin), French saxophonist
- Kareem Salama (Egyptian origin), American country singer
- Karl Wolf (Lebanese origin), Canadian pop star
- La Fouine (Moroccan origin), French rapper
- L'Algérino (Algerian origin), French rapper
- Lowkey (Iraqi origin), British rapper and political activist
- Maher Zain (Lebanese origin), Swedish singer
- Malika Ayane (Moroccan origin), Italian rapper
- Massari (Lebanese origin), Canadian singer
- Master Sina (Tunisian origin), Italian rapper
- Nasri Tony Atweh (Palestinian Origin). Canadian, lead singer of Magic!
- Natasja Saad (Sudanese origin), Danish rapper and reggae singer.
- 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
- Shakira (Lebanese origin), Colombian singer
- Tarak Ben Ammar (Tunisian origin), International movie producer and distributor
- Tunisiano (Tunisian origin), French rapper
- Zaho (Algerian origin), Canadian singer
- Abdalá Bucaram (Lebanese origin), former President of Ecuador
- Alberto Dahik (Lebanese origin), former Vice President of Ecuador
- Ali Alatas (Yemeni origin), former Indonesian foreign minister
- 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
- Michel Temer (Lebanese origin), politician, Vice President of Brazil and acting President of Brazil
- 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
- 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
- Yamina Benguigui (Algerian origin), French socialist politician
- Michael E. DeBakey (Lebanese origin), American cardiac surgeon
- Zaha Hadid (Iraqi origin), British architect
- Elias Zerhouni (Algerian origin), American, National Institutes of Health Director
- Nazem Kadri (Lebanese origin), is a Canadian ice hockey player
- Migidio Bourifa (Moroccan origin), is an Italian long-distance runner
- Brahim Asloum (Algerian origin), a French professional boxer, Olympic winner
- Justin Abdelkader (Jordanian origin), an American ice hockey player
- Brandon Saad (Syrian origin), an American ice hockey player
- Mahiedine Mekhissi (Algerian origin), a French runner, International winner
- Robert Farah (Lebanese origin), is a Colombian tennis player
- Mário Zagallo (Lebanese origin), Brazilian football coach and former player
- Samir Nasri (Algerian origin), a French Footballer
- Naseem Hamed (Yemeni origin), also known as Prince Naseem, English professional boxer
- Sami Khedira (Tunisian origin), Germany
- Algerian British
- Arab Americans
- Arab Argentines
- Arab Australians
- Arab Brazilians
- British Arabs
- Arab Canadians
- Arab Chileans
- Arab diaspora in Colombia
- Arab Haitians
- Arab Mexicans
- Arab Singaporeans
- Arab Venezuelans
- Arabs in Austria
- Arabs in Bulgaria
- Arabs in Europe
- Arabs in France
- Arabs in Germany
- Arabs in Greece
- Arabs in India
- Arab Indonesians
- Arabs in Italy
- Arab citizens of Israel
- Arabs in the Republic of Macedonia
- Arabs in the Netherlands
- Arabs in Pakistan
- Arabs in Romania
- Arabs in Serbia
- Arabs in Spain
- Arabs in Sweden
- Arabs in Turkey
- History of Arabs in Afghanistan
- Arma people (Saharan Arab and Spanish)
- British Iraqis
- Chaush (Yemenis in South India)
- Lebanese people in Ecuador
- Egyptians in the United Kingdom
- Emirati diaspora
- Hadhrami diaspora
- Iranian Arabs
- Iraqi Biradari (Iraqis residing in India and Pakistan)
- Iraqi diaspora
- Lebanese diaspora
- Lebanese Americans
- Lebanese Argentines
- Lebanese Australians
- Lebanese Brazilians
- Lebanese Canadians
- Magyarab people (Egyptian Arab and Hungarian)
- List of Arab Americans
- Palestinian diaspora
- Refugees of Iraq
- Sri Lankan Moors
- Syrian Americans
- Yemeni Americans
- Yemenis in the United Kingdom
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