How many Brazilians are Lebanese?

Although the exact number of Lebanese Brazilians is disputed it is believed by some that there are at least 6 million Brazilians of Lebanese origin. Despite being estimated at less than 4% of the population of the country, descendants of Lebanese immigrants occupied 10% of the parliament seats in 2014 and 8% in 2015.

Are there more Lebanese in Brazil than Lebanon?

It is widely known that there are more people of Lebanese descent in Brazil than there are citizens of Lebanon itself. Yet how many more is a matter for ongoing debate in both countries. Some estimates have put the number as high as 12 million, while others are as low as four or five.

Why Lebanese are in Brazil?

Arab immigration to Brazil started in the 1890s as Lebanese and Syrian people fled the political and economic instability caused by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire; the majority were Christian but there were also many Muslims. Immigration peaked around World War II.

Is Brazil a Arab country?

Brazil can be “considered as an Arab country” due to a huge number of people of Arab descent in its population of more than 200 million, according to the country’s President Jair Bolsonaro.

Why are Lebanese in Brazil?

What nationality is Lebanon?


Republic of Lebanon ٱلْجُمْهُورِيَّةُ ٱللُّبْنَانِيَّةُ (Arabic) al-jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah République libanaise (French)
Official languages Arabic
Recognised languages French
Local vernacular Lebanese Arabic
Ethnic groups (2021) 95% Arab 4% Armenian 1% Other

Are there mosques in Brazil?

There are over 150 mosques in Brazil and the number is growing. As has been the case in many of the larger metropolitan mosques in South America, foreign assistance and individual effort have played major roles in the sustainability of the mosques in the greater São Paulo area.

Is Brazil an Arab country?

The Brazilian census does not ask about ancestry or family origin. There is a question about nationality and, according to the Brazilian law, any person born in Brazil is a Brazilian national by birth and right for any purpose, nationally or internationally – not an Arab.