Lebanese and Palestinian diasporas outside the Arab world: enterprise and success

Summary: both Lebanese and Palestinians have emigrated in large numbers to countries beyond the Arab world, especially to the Americas. While there are differences between the two diasporas, members of both have prospered in business, politics and other fields in their adoptive countries. 

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  1. Carlos Slim is another excellent example of the success of members of the Lebanese diaspora and as good as – but no better than – Carlos Ghosn. We might also have mentioned the current president of Brazil Michel Temer whose Lebanese Maronite parents migrated to Brazil in 1925. The list was intended to be illustrative of the fields in which Lebanese emigres have been successful (business, politics, popular culture) – but not exhaustive.
    The Lebanese diaspora in Africa got a mention and it is indeed interesting but we didn’t explore it for reasons of space and because the Lebanese diaspora in the Americas is many times larger and more influential than that in Africa and so deserved to be the principal focus. We simply couldn’t cover every angle of this multi-faceted topic in a single post (or rather half a post, as we were covering the Palestinian diaspora as well) and weren’t pretending to do so. You would need a full-scale scholarly article or more probably a full-length book to tackle every aspect of Lebanese emigration.

  2. No mention is made of the sizeable and politically significant Shi’a community which took over control of the unregulated diamond fields of southern Sierra Leone post-WWII. Their back door sales of these ‘blood diamonds’ was said to have provided a major source of income for a nascent and militant Amal movement under Nabih Berri in the 70’s and 80’s (and subsequently Hizbullah?) until the civil war in Sierra Leone put a stop.

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