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Lebanese people in Belgium

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Total population
8,000 (2006 est.)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp)
Lebanese Arabic, French and Dutch
Islam, Christianity and Atheism

Lebanese people, who come from various religious and ethnic groups, form a distinct community in Belgium as part of the global Lebanese diaspora. It was estimated in 2006 that there were 8,000 Belgians who identified as Lebanese in terms of origin or descent but other estimates put it at only 3,500.[1][2] The majority are Belgian citizens and live in major cities such as Brussels and Antwerp. In addition, it was reported the same year that 1,200 were living in Lebanon.[3] They sometimes refer to themselves as Belgo-Libanais in French.[1]

Although small in contrast to the much larger Moroccan community, the different ethnic and religious groups from within Lebanon are represented in Belgium. This includes a significant Maronite Christian community which traces its origin to traders who settled in Belgium during the 19th century. Some Maronites are involved in the trade of diamonds in the Antwerp diamond district.[4] Restaurants serving Lebanese cuisine exist in numerous Belgian towns and cities.[5]

The Arab European League was founded by Dyab Abou Jahjah, Lebanese-Belgian activist, as a Pan-Arabist political group in Belgium which is a vocal exponent of Palestinian nationalism. It was criticised for participating in violent racist and antisemitic demonstrations in Antwerp in 2002.[6] The 2006 Lebanon War was reported to have brought different ethnic and religious denominations within the community together. Around 20 Lebanese-Belgian men are believed to have travelled to Lebanon through Libya in 2006 to fight against Israel.[1][2] The Belgian-Lebanese community held small demonstrations in Brussels in sympathy with the 2019–2020 Lebanese protests in November 2019.[7]

Notable people[edit]

  • Dyab Abou Jahjah (b. 1971), political activist and polemicist
  • Khalil Sehnaoui (b. 1975), hacker and internet security consultant

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Belgium : 1985 Belgian Super Cup, 1984 Belgian Super Cup, 1986 Belgian Super Cup, 1981 Belgian Super Cup, 1983 Belgian Super Cup, 1982 Belgian Super Cup, 1980 Belgian Super Cup
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  • Arabs in Belgium
  • Islam in Belgium


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Buxant, Martin (4 August 2006). "Sous le signe du Cèdre". La Libre Belgique. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Des Belgo-Libanais s'en vont se battre sur le front" (in français). La Libre Belgique. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  3. "Belgians prepare to flee violence in Lebanon". Expatica. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  4. Traynor, Ian (23 June 2009). "Recession takes the sparkle out of Antwerp's diamond quarter". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. Vanspauwen, Bruno (16 October 2018). "Beiroet in het eten: de Libanese keuken in België". Knack. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  6. Tessier, Yann (28 November 2002). "Arab murder sparks two days of riots in Antwerp". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  7. "Belgische Libanezen komen op straat: 'We willen het volksprotest ook hier laten zien'" (in Nederlands). Bruzz. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2020.

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