Lebanon Emigration and Immigration

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'From the early 16th Century until World War I, Syria and the Mount Lebanon region were part of the Ottoman Empire. For this reason, most Lebanese and Syrians immigrating before 1918 had Turkish passports, and were grouped in U. S. Census Abstracts under the heading "Turkish" or "Asian." After the First World War, Lebanon and Syria operated under French mandate, gaining independence in the 1940s.

The close relationship of these two countries from the earliest days of recorded history helps explain a present-day puzzle. Until the 1950s, most of the immigrants referred to themselves as "Syrian" whether they came from Syria or the Mount Lebanon region. One explanation is that at the time of their heaviest immigration, "Syria" was a familiar word in the United States, and "Lebanon" was not; to simplify things, they said "Syrian." ' by Sandra Hasser Bennett, Genealogy Today

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Lebanon Migration Profile

Lebanese Americans

Recommended Books

Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience (M.E.R.I. Special Studies) by Professor Alixa Naff PhD. Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (March 24, 1993)

The Syrians in America by P. K. Hitti. Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC (July 22, 2005)