Middle Eastern Americans

Middle Eastern American Month – January, more info

About: The first wave of migration from the region to the United States dates back to the late 1800s. Arab Christians from the Ottoman province of Syria (modern-day Lebanon, Israel, and Syria) largely fled economic insecurity, conscription, and religious persecution. A set of restrictive U.S. immigration policies in the 1920s, most notably the 1924 Johnson-Reed Immigration Act, ended the inflows despite ongoing conflict in the region. By 1920, the census recorded around 50,000 immigrants from the region resident in the United States, although another estimate ran as high as 123,000 in 1924.

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