Assyrians in Lebanon

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Assyrians in Lebanon include migrants of Assyrian origin residing in Lebanon, as well as their descendants. Most of the Assyrians in Lebanon came as refugees from northern Iraq, one of the four locations of the indigenous Assyrian areas which are "part of today's northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran and northeastern Syria".[1] Assyrians are a Semitic people who speak Mesopotamian Aramaic dialects and originate from northern Iraq. [2] There are an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 Iraqi Assyrian refugees in Lebanon. The vast majority of them are undocumented, with a large number having been deported or put in prison. [3][4][5] They belong to various denominations, including the Assyrian Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, and Syriac Catholic Church. Three Assyrian/Syriac/Aramean parties are established in Lebanon, Shuraya party (with Assyrian identity), Syriac Union Party (with Syriac identity), and Aramean Democratic Organization (with Aramean identity).


Source Assyrian Church of the East Chaldean Catholic Syrian Catholic Syrian Orthodox
1932 Census 190 573 3,115 2,829
1956 Estimates - 1,466 5,699 4,798

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  • 1932 Census; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2, (Nov., 1999), pp. 219-241
  • 1956 Estimates; International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, (Apr., 1980), pp. 175-187