Lebanese Chileans

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Lebanese Chileans
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Valparaíso, La Serena, Santiago
Chilean Spanish, Lebanese Arabic
Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Arab Chileans

Lebanese Chileans, are immigrants to Chile from Lebanon. Most are Christian and they arrived in Chile in the mid-19th to early-20th centuries to escape from poverty. Ethnically Lebanese Chileans are often called "Turks", (Spanish: Turcos) a term believed to derive from the fact that they arrived from present day Lebanon, which at that time was occupied by the Ottoman Turkish Empire.[1] Most arrived as members of the Eastern Orthodox church and the Maronite church, but became Roman Catholic.[2] A minority are Muslim. [3]

The Greek Orthodox Christians built the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Santiago and All Chile in Santiago in 1917. It is a cathedral of the Church of Antioch with six parishes.[4]

Notable Lebanese Chileans[edit]

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  1. ^ Arab and Jewish immigrants in Latin America: images and realities, by Ignacio Klich, Jeff Lesser, 1998, p. 165.
  2. ^ In Santiago Society, No One Cares If Your Name Is Carey or de Yrarrazaval, By ENID NEMY September 14, 1969, Sunday, Arab and Jewish immigrants in Latin America.
  3. ^ Holston, Mark (2005-11-01), "Orgullosos palestinos de Chile", Américas (in Spanish), ISSN 0379-0975, retrieved 2009-07-29
  4. ^ Antiochian Orthodox of Santiago to Chile.

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