Emigration of Christians from the Arab Middle East: A New Reading

Author: Yusri Hazran

Publisher/Publication: The Journal of the Middle East and Africa

Volume/Issue: 10(3)

DOI/ISBN: 10.1080/21520844.2019.1645524

The article examines of Christian emigration to the West since the 1950s, by examining to the historical processes in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. It argues that the phenomenon is mainly due to the nationalization, radicalization and Islamization policies of the modern Arab states, which have started before the Islamic revival of the 1970s. Regarding the ongoing post-2011 Christian emigration is likely to reshape the Middle Eastern map, while the mass exodus of Christians of all classes in conflict regions demonstrate the effect of collapse of state on minorities.