Lebanese people in Cyprus

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Lebanese people in Cyprus
Image-ESC 2007 Greece - Sarbel-Yassou Maria.jpg, Marco Baghdatis at the 2006 Indian Wells Masters
Notable Greek Cypriots of Lebanese origin:
Sarbel, Marcos Baghdatis
Total population
20,000 people (by descent)
Regions with significant populations
Nicosia, Limasol
Arabic language and Greek language
Greek Orthodox, Maronite, Melkite, Shii, Sunni
Related ethnic groups
Lebanese people in Greece, Arabs in Greece

Lebanese people in Cyprus include immigrants and descendants of immigrants from Lebanon, numbering approximately 20,000 people of Lebanese descent. Migration from Lebanon to Cyprus started as early as the 13th century when Lebanese Maronites first settled in Cyprus and the new migration wave started after 1975 during the Lebanese Civil War. Most of the Lebanese from the new migration wave came from Koura District in North Lebanon, which is mostly a Greek Orthodox area. During the Civil War the number of Lebanese was higher, however after the end of the war many returned to Lebanon.

Notable people[edit]

  • Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot tennis player, Lebanese father and Greek Cypriot mother
  • Sarbel, British singer, Greek Cypriot father and Lebanese mother

See also[edit]