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Christian Emigration Report: Lebanon and Syria

Movement of people through the Beirut International Airport may be the most accurate way to assess the number of people leaving the country:

Year Arrivals Departures Balance
1992 527,118
(Lebanese only)
565,563
(Lebanese only)
-38,445
1993 644,032
(Lebanese only)
692,082
(Lebanese only)
-48,050
1994 765,925 779,365 -13,440
1995 802,352 809,988 -7,636
1996 818,416 827,063 -8,647
1997 963,657 976,617 -12,960
1998 1,002,117 993,794 +8,323
1999 1,050,001 1,060,655 -10,654
2000 1,114,058 1,125,442 -11,384
Totals 7,687,676 7,830,569 -142,893

Source: General Department of Civil Aviation

The movement of people at Beirut International Airport is not limited to the Lebanese only; it includes foreigners and workers who stay in Lebanon. Based on the statistics of the Ministry of Labor, 75,000 foreign workers are officially registered. This number should be doubled in the presence of additional 75,000 foreign workers not officially registered (sources in the same ministry). Therefore, the estimated number of those who left Lebanon will add up to be 292,893 persons. Minimal number that travels through airports in Syria and Jordan should be added.





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