People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Arab, Syrian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 209,840

ROP3 Code: 109662
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
Language: North Levantine Arabic - (apc)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Syria

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Majority Located Where

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 16,515

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 8,085

  Ottawa–Gatineau, ON - 3,125

  Calgary, AB - 1,330

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 1,210

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Brief Profile

There is a large number of Arab, Syrians located throughout North America. They began migrating to North America since the late 1800's and had a surge in their population around 1965 when the Immigration Act of 1965 opened the American borders once again. The majority of Arab, Syrians are Christian but most of the recent arrivals are Muslim refugees.

The Arab, Syrian people are very successful at what they do and they, on average, make more per year than the average American. Many work in the medical field, and others work in management and other professional occupations. They are very committed to their professional life but they are just as committed to their family life. They prefer traditional relationships not necessarily only with those of Syrian decent but always of the Islamic faith.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God would reveal the truth about who Jesus is to the Arab, Syrian People.
  • Pray that God would provide workers that could begin to reach the Arab, Syrian people.
  • Pray that the Arab, Syrian Christians would seek to reach others in their community.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Bible - Arab, Lebanese (Good News Ed)
Goods New Edition of the Bible in Arabic Lebanese

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC16,515
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON8,085
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC1,210
United StatesEl CajonSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA1,200
CanadaWindsorWindsor (Lakeshore)ON1,190
United StatesBrownsvilleMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX350
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX317
United StatesEl PasoEl PasoTX300
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX250
United StatesFort SmithFort SmithAR250
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY190
United StatesGreenvilleGreenvilleNC115
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR100
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN85
United Statesport arthurBeaumont-Port ArthurTX79
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX70
United StatesOdessaOdessaTX40
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC4