Libyan American

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Libyan Americans
Total population
Arabic, English, Italian
Islam, Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Arab Americans, Berbers

Libyan Americans (Arabic: الليبية الأميركيين‎) are Americans of Libyan descent.

Most Libyan Americans speak Arabic and English, and a small number also speak Italian because of Libya's 1911–1943 period as an Italian colony.[citation needed] According to answers provided to an open-ended question included in the 2000 census, 2,979 people said that their ancestry or ethnic origin was Libyan.[1] Most Libyan Americans immigrated from the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi.[citation needed] Libyan Americans are considered to be North African, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans.[citation needed]

Some Libyan American associations are the Libyan American Organization,[2] Libyan American Friendship Association (LAFA),[3] Libyan American Association in Southern California [4] and Libyan American Association of Georgia.[5]

The Libyan American Organization have as goal the Libya defense, promote political awareness among its members and integrate to all community in the association. In addition, the organization wants to improve education, health care and infrastructure of Libya. The association hopes to have the community support in order to "rebuilding our beloved country".[2]

Libyan American Friendship Association (LAFA) have as goal promote friendship between the Libyan and U.S., making dialogue the two peoples by holding international meetings and symposia, for the creation of programs and projects that help both peoples to establish ties. The organization celebrates coordinate visits between institutions of "economic, social, scientific and national / civil joint." [3]

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