Arabs in Germany

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Arabs in Germany
العرب في المانيا
Total population

Estimated at around 1,000,000+[1]

Regions with significant populations
Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Munich, Offenbach
Arabic, German
Majority Islam (mainly Sunni Islam, minorities Twelver Shia Islam, Alevism, Alawites, Sufism, Isma'ilism, Zaidiyyah, Ibadi)
Christianity (mainly Syriac Orthodox Church, minorities Eastern Catholic Churches, Oriental Orthodoxy, Syriac Maronite Church, Coptic Orthodox Church)
Related ethnic groups
Arabs (Arab diaspora)

Arabs in Germany are people of Arab descent living in Germany. They form the second-largest predominantly Muslim immigrant group in Germany after the large German–Turkish community. There is an estimated number of 400,000–500,000 people of Arab origin residing in Germany.[2] Most Arabs moved to Germany in the 1970s, partly as Gastarbeiter from Morocco, the Turkish Province of Mardin (see: Arabs in Turkey) and Tunisia. However, the majority of Arabs are refugees of the conflicts in the Middle East, e.g. the Lebanese Civil War, Palestinian expulsion from Kuwait and the recent Iraq War, Libyan Civil War, and current Syrian Civil War.

Geographical distribution[edit]

The largest concentration of Arab people in Germany, can be found in Berlin, where they make up 2%–3% (100,000 people) of the population. The percentage is significantly higher in the Berlin neighborhoods of Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Gesundbrunnen. Other significant centres of Arab populations in Germany can be found in Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Munich, in the Ruhrgebiet, Hanover, Bonn and Hamburg.[3] Most Arabs reside in urban areas and cities in former West-Germany. The only place in former Eastern Germany with a sizeable number of Arabs is Leipzig, where people of any Arab descent make up 0.8% of the total population (4,000 out of 522,800).[4] Among the German districts with the highest shares of Arab migrants in 2011 were especially cities in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region (Frankfurt, Offenbach) and the Rhineland (Bonn, Düsseldorf) with large groups of Moroccan migrants.[5]

Country of birth Population (2015)[6]
 Syria 366,556
 Iraq 136,399
 Morocco 72,129
 Lebanon 37,160
 Tunisia 30,696
 Somalia 23,350
 Egypt 22,979
 Algeria 20,505
 Libya 13,123
 Jordan 10,041

Notable Germans of Arab descent[edit]

Film, television, acting

See also[edit]


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