Tunisian Americans

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Tunisian Americans
Total population
  • 24,735 (2022 US Census)
    0.0016% of the US population (2023)[1]
  • 7,000 (Tunisian-born; 2008-2012)[2]
Regions with significant populations

Tunisian Americans are Americans of Tunisian descent. Tunisia–United States relations date back more than 200 years.


Prior to the arrival of Peace Corps and Amideast volunteers in the early-1960s and 1970s, there was little interest on the part of Tunisians to emigrate to the US. Many Tunisians, including Jews, immigrated when Tunisia was under French rule. In 1981, the U.S. launched its Technology Transfer Program in Tunisia with the goal of increasing Tunisia's long-term capacity to apply new technologies in support of the development of a market economy. The Technology Transfer Program aimed to accomplish this by developing a substantial cadre of individuals with the skills and attitudes needed to develop and sustain a competitive, open market system. USAID/Tunis to date has obligated $45 million under the Project, has dispersed all but about $3 million of that total.[3] Through the TTP, young and intelligent Tunisians were granted the opportunity to pursue studies in the United States. By the late-1990s, the number of Tunisians in United States started to grow, reaching around 8,000 through the launch of the Diversity Immigrant Visa program.

Building a Tunisian-American community[edit]

In 1998, the idea of building a Tunisian-American community was born; an impossible task, considering the dispersion of the community (basically diluted between the West Coast, Northeast and Southeast areas) and the size of the country. At that time, the Internet and high-tech telecommunications started to grow and evolve.

Over the years, in spite of always being seen thru a "political lens", thanks to steadfast leadership and many dedicated volunteers, the organization was able to inspire the formation of local chapters that operate autonomously, but carry out the mission of the organization by conducting community-based activities that raise the profile of Tunisia in the United States and promote cross-cultural literacy.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US Census 2000 Brief: The Arab Population: 2000 (PDF), retrieved 2011-07-15
  2. ^ Christine P. Gambino, Edward N. Trevelyan, and John Thomas Fitzwater. The Foreign-Born Population From Africa: 2008–2012. American Community Survey Briefs.
  3. ^ "EVALUATION OF THE TUNISIA TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROJECT" (PDF). pdf.usaid.gov. 1991. Retrieved 2021-02-24.

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