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Who is "Arabic"?

Who is "Arabic"?

The Arabic speaking community represents 1.3% of the Australian population (ABS Census, 2011) with 287,174 Arabic speakers.  “Arabic speaking people” share a common language, history, heritage and belong to the cultural group broadly referred to as “Arabic”.

“Arabic” people are from any one of the 22 Arabic states of the Arabic League or Arabic Nation, which include: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.

Although the Arabic nation shares a common language, Arabic, and shares many common practices, there is great diversity in the ethnicities, religions, education levels and measures of wealth. The Arabic ethnicity is the largest, but there are significant populations of Kurds, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Africans, Coptic, Armenians and Bedoon.

Our clients’ ethnicity is not necessarily reflected by their country of birth, or the country from which they have migrated. Although they speak Arabic and practice Arabic cultural norms and traditions, they may identify as Assyrian (their ethnicity), or Lebanese (their nationality), or Maronite (their religion). The religious diversity of our clients is represented by their identity as Muslims or Christians.

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