Out of MENA: Nine cities the Arab Diaspora calls home
Arabs have been subject to many conflicts, much political turmoil and lots of religious persecution. Throughout the centuries many have fled their home countries, looking for a new start and ultimately establishing large Arab populations outside of the Middle East.
From the Ottoman Empire's rule in the early 1900s, to Lebanon’s civil war in the 1970s, to the ongoing Syrian conflict, many conflicts have led to the Arab Diaspora. Some populations are new, others have been around for centuries. Continue reading below »
In 2014 an estimated 7 million Arab migrants lived outside of the MENA region, according to the International Organization for Migration. But that doesn't include Arab descendants.
South America became a hub for Arabs leaving the Middle East, Brazil being the most prominent example (where the Lebanese diaspora population is larger than Lebanon itself). But Islam is also the fastest growing religion in Europe, showing widespread Arab influence.
Where have the Arabs gone to call a new home? Some answers might surprise you.
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