Levantine Immigrants in Latin America and Their Economic Impact on Host Countries

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Alice H. Abboud , University of Puerto Rico-Recinto De Rio Piedras
Many Levantine immigrants arrived in Latin America mostly between the mid nineteenth century and late twentieth century. Most immigrants came from the Levant region of Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. They participated or developed economic activities such as commerce (mostly street vending, handicrafts, clothing stores, and restaurants), agriculture, and textile industries.