Arabs in Serbia

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Arabs in Serbia
Арапи у Србији / Arapi u Srbiji
Total population

27,000 (Estimated)[1]

1,769 Libyans (2014)[2]

500 Palestinians (2011)[3]
Regions with significant populations
Arabic, Serbian
Islam and Christianity
Related ethnic groups
see Arab diaspora

Arabs in Serbia (Serbian: Арапи у СрбијиArapi u Srbiji) are mostly expatriates from a range of Arab countries, particularly Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, and Jordan; and also small groups from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Sudan. Lebanese and Syrian citizens were the first Arabs to arrive in modern Serbia. In the 1970s and 1980s, many students from Iraq and Syria were enrolled at the University of Belgrade. More recently, as a result of the Arab Spring and the Syrian Civil War, large numbers of Arabs are transiting Serbia as refugees, trying to immigrate to Western Europe.

Libyan citizens[edit]

There is a sizable community of Libyans in Serbia, mainly residing in Belgrade. There has been a Libyan School in Belgrade since 1997, which has since expanded in 2012 to cater to the growing community.[4]

Iraqi citizens[edit]

Most of the Iraqis in Serbia are educated people, and they view Serbia as a "friendly and brotherly" country.[5]

Syrian citizens[edit]

By the first half of 2013, 432 citizens of Syria had requested asylum in Serbia.[6]


Community members adhere to Islam (see also Islam in Serbia) and Eastern Christianity.


  • Muhamed Jusufspahić, mufti, born in Belgrade; Serbian father and Egyptian mother[7]
  • Josif Al Said, MMA fighter,[8] born in Belgrade; Jordanian father and Serbian mother
  • Amjad Migati, Serbian Politician and Member of the Serbian Radical Party;[9] Jordanian
  • Nedal Halil, Businessman and CEO of Aman;[10] Jordanian
  • Mohammed Dahlan, Politician and former leader of Fatah in Gaza, Palestinian

See also[edit]