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Arab diaspora, United States

Migration A–Z

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  1. Younes Abouyoub

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm033

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Abouyoub, Y. 2013. Arab diaspora, United States. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Early Arab migrants, from 1870 until World War I, were driven out of their homeland mainly, but not exclusively, by economic necessity. Not unlike their fellow Irish and Italian migrants, social transformation in the homeland, economic uncertainties, the improvement of transportation, and rumors of an “American El Dorado” were the driving factors behind the first wave of Arab migrants, who came mainly from among the peasantry. Between 1899 and 1932, 106,391 migrants came from Syria, of whom 69,514 were males and 36,877 females (International Migration Statistics n.d.)

Keywords:

  • citizenship;
  • equality;
  • family;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • imperialism;
  • rights