Arab diaspora, United States
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Abouyoub, Y. 2013. Arab diaspora, United States. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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.)