Assyrians in France

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Assyrians in France
Total population
16,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Lyon
Languages
French, Neo-Aramaic, Turkish, Persian, Arabic
Religion
Chaldean Catholic, Syriac Orthodoxy

There are around 16,000 Assyrians in France, most of which are concentrated in the Paris metropolitan area.

History[edit]

The community has a history in France dating back to the First World War, with most arriving due to ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.[2]

The bulk of the Assyrian presence dates back to the early 20th century, when some Assyrians, fleeing the Assyrian genocide, found refuge in France.[1] Others arrived from rural south-eastern Turkey as a result of the Kurdish–Turkish conflict in the 1960s and 70s. Their numbers swelled after the Iraq War in 2003 by those arriving from Iraqi cities.

Population[edit]

Around 10,000 of the 16,000 Assyrians live in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris. They are generally compared to French Jews who are seen as inward-looking, conservative and well-integrated in the French society.[3]

Notable French Assyrians[edit]

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