Lebanese people in Germany

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Lebanese people in Germany
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hanover
German, Lebanese Arabic
Maronite Catholic, Shiite, Sunni, Orthodox Christian

Lebanese people in Germany include migrants from Lebanon to Germany, as well as their descendants.


Lebanese people in Germany express their support of the 2015 Lebanese protests in Berlin at Alexanderplatz, August 29, 2015

Although there has been sporadic migration from the Middle East to Germany since the 20th century, the real growth of the German Lebanese population began in 1975, with the start of the civil war in Lebanon which drove thousands of people away. No concrete data exists on the religious affiliations, however it is commonly assumed that Maronite Christians, Shia Muslims, and Sunni Muslims make up the majority of the Lebanese population in Germany.

Turkish minority[edit]

Since the 1970s onwards, many Lebanese Turks have sought refuge in Turkey and Western Europe, particularly in Germany. Lebanese Turks were aware of the large German-Turkish population and saw this as an opportunity to find work once settling in Europe. In particular, the largest wave of Lebanese-Turkish migration occurred once the Israel-Lebanon war of 2006 began. During this period more than 20,000 Turks fled Lebanon, particularly from Beirut, and settled in Germany.[2]

Notable people[edit]

See List of Lebanese people in Germany

See also[edit]