Syria-Lebanon

Between 1869 and 1885, records indicate that 300 Syro-Lebanese migrants had entered the U.S. There were 208 arrivals for 1887. The figure reached 4,732 in 1897. 1913 and 1914 marked peak years of Syro-Lebanese migration to the U.S. as each year exceeded 9,000 registered migrants. Over the 19th and early 20th century, when compared to the numbers of Irish, Italian, Greek, or Jewish immigrants who had entered the U.S., the number of Syro-Lebanese migrants is low. Civil conflict, rapid modernization, urbanization, and failed agriculture drove emigration.