The diaspora and Lebanese Brazilian relations
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman met with members of the Sao Paolo Municipality council headed by Gilberto Kassab, of Lebanese descent, on the bolstering treaties signed between Lebanon and Brazil and the enhancement of bilateral ties through more frequent exchanges of official visits.
Suleiman reassured all the Lebanese emigrants that the financial and security situation, and their future investments in Lebanon are secure.
The Lebanese population in Brazil is over 7 million. Lebanese in Brazil are either recent immigrants or descendants of former Lebanese immigrants.
Immigration of Lebanese and Arabs to Brazil started in the late 19th century, most of them coming from Lebanon, later from Syria and Jordan, Palestine and Iraq. Arab immigration to Brazil grew in the 20th century, and was concentrated in the state of São Paulo, but also extended to Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and other parts of Brazil.
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