How big is the Lebanese community in Australia?

How big is the Lebanese community in Australia?

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Total Lebanese Population in Australia in 2019: 230,000* (approx.)

* According to the latest growth trends as seen in the Australian Housing and Population Census data sets

Growth estimation up to 2021:

244,600
Lebanese

The Lebanese population is the largest Middle Eastern community in Australia (2019)

Lebanese

230,000

Iraq

110,000

Afghan

102,000

Most of the Lebanese-Australian community live in metro Sydney and Melbourne.

 

These are also the only cities where the population is growing due to increasing birth rates.

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MIGRATION

The largest wave of migration from Lebanon occurred between 1976 and 1981 during the Lebanese Civil War.

Since then, migration has significantly reduced and growth rates have become steady.

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While there are over 900 suburbs with Lebanon-born Australians residing in them, the top 30 suburbs represent more than 50% of the population.

Where does the community live in Sydney?

Where does the community live in Melbourne?

The fastest growing suburbs are Hoppers Crossing (VIC), Casula (NSW), Condell Park (NSW), Georges Hall (NSW), Bass Hill (NSW) and Greystanes (NSW).

In Sydney, this shows a movement further West and South West.

Where in Lebanon did most of the community come from?

  • North Lebanon – including Tripoli & Mt Lebanon
  • Beirut
  • Beqaa Valley
  • Miniyeh

DIVERSITY OF THE LEBANESE POPULATION

RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

Over 70% of the Australian Lebanese community is Christian. The majority being Catholic, including Maronite.

Christians
70%
Muslims
27%
Other
3%

GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY

The median age for the Lebanese community is around 50-54, but the younger Australian-born population is growing

66%

Born in Australia

34%

Lebanese Born

Popular Community Interests

Cultural Festivals (including Eid and Ramadan)

Films and TV Series

Live singers touring from Lebanon

Live comedies (including touring comedians)

Church entertainment activities

Football / Soccer

Rugby

Community Voices

Lebanese-Australian community leader tell us what is unique about the community and how it feels to be part of this vibrant population.

 

Remy Wehbe – AME Media
The Lebanese community is unique and diverse and it's a culture that I am extremely proud to be apart of. We are diverse in our multiculturalism and religions. It's the link between the West and the East.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]