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The Arab diaspora in Colombia refers to the Arab immigrants and their offspring in the Republic of Colombiamarker. Most of the Middle Easterners came from Syriamarker, Lebanonmarker and Palestine escaping from the repression of the Ottoman Empire and financial hardships.

Most of the Syrian-Lebanese established in the Caribbean Region of Colombia in the towns of Santa Martamarker, Lorica, Fundación, Aracatacamarker, Ayapelmarker, Calamarmarker, Ciénagamarker, Ceretémarker, Montería and Barranquillamarker near the basin of the Magdalena Rivermarker. It later expanded to other cities and by 1945 there were Middle Easterners moving inland like Ocañamarker, Cúcutamarker, Barrancabermejamarker, Ibaguémarker, Girardot, Hondamarker, Tunjamarker, Villavicenciomarker, Pereira, Soatámarker, Neivamarker, Bugamarker, Chaparral and Chinácotamarker. The four major hubs of Middle Eastern population were present in Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogotámarker and Calimarker. The number of immigrants entering the country vary from 5,000 to 10,000 in 1945. Some of these immigrants were Christian-Lebanese and others were adept to Islam.

Another large wave of immigrants came later from the Middle East in the 1940s this time establishing in the town of Maicaomarker, La Guajiramarker in northern Colombia. This immigrants were mostly muslim and were attracted by the thriving commerce of the town which was benefiting from the neighboring Venezuelanmarker oil bonanza and the usual contraband of goods that flowed through the Guajira Peninsulamarker. It is estimated that Colombia has a population of 840,000 Lebanese immigrants.

See also


  1. "Shakira proud of Arab background". BBC News. November 4, 2005.
  2. Luis Angel Arango Library: Los sirio-libaneses en Colombia Accessed 30 August 2007.
  3. Luis Angel Arango Library: Los sirio-libaneses en Colombia Accessed 30 August 2007.
  4. La comunidad musulmana de Maicao (Colombia) Accessed 30 August 2007.

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