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Lebanese diaspora refers to Lebanese migrants and their descendants who by choice or coercion emigrated from Lebanonmarker and now reside in other countries.

The diaspora is estimated from 12 million people to more than 14 or 15 million people - far more than the internal population of Lebanon itself.

History

The Lebanese diaspora, while historically trade-related, has more recently been linked to the Lebanese Civil War, with many Lebanese emigrating to Western countries. Because of the economic opportunities, many Lebanese have also worked in the Arab World, most notably the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabiamarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker and Kuwaitmarker amongst others. The majority of the Lebanese diaspora identifies as Christian with a sizable Muslim minority.

The Americas have long been a destination for Lebanese migration, with Lebanese arriving in some countries at least as early as the nineteenth century. The largest concentration of Lebanese outside the Middle East is in Brazil, which has reportedly over 7 million Brazilians of Lebanese ancestry, making Brazil's population of Lebanese nearly twice that of the entire population of Lebanon. There are also large Lebanese communities in Mexicomarker (about 400,000 Mexicans of Lebanese descent), Argentinamarker, Colombiamarker, Venezuelamarker and the Caribbean. Many Lebanese have also settled for quite a long time in the United States, Canada, Australia

and Europe, most notably France. Some other Lebanese have immigrated to Africa.

Economic Impacts

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Lebanese abroad are considered "rich, educated and influential." Over the course of time, emigration has yielded Lebanese "commercial networks" throughout the world. As a result, remittances from Lebanese abroad to family members within the country total $5.6 billion and account for one fifth of the country's economy. Nassib Ghobril, the head of research and analysis for Byblos Bank, calculates that Lebanese abroad supply Lebanon with about $1,400 per capita every year.

Notable persons of Lebanese descent

Prominent members of the Lebanese diaspora include:



See also



External links

  • Some info on Lebanese and Syrian immigration to the Americas [218604]


See also



References

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  3. Marina Sarruf (2006). "Brazil Has More Lebanese than Lebanon". Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  4. The biggest enchilada, Telegraph
  5. - Argentinian President's visit to the Lebanese Parliament
  6. The Arab Population: 2000
  7. Canada and Lebanon, a special tie, CBC News
  8. navmapdisplayed=true& 2006 Census Table : Australia
  9. Background Note: Lebanon "www.washingtoninstitute.org". Retrieved 3 December 2006.
  10. International Organization for Migration. "Lebanon - Facts and Figures" Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  11. Reuters. "FACTBOX: Facts on Lebanon's economy" Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  12. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/24/world/middleeast/24lebanon.html Retrieved June 18 2009



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