The shifting population of Christians throughout the Middle East in the last several years — owing to the war in Syria, the rise of ISIS and ongoing political upheaval — has had a profound impact on the region. The cultures and countries that form the very cradle of Christianity lie shattered and splintered, with the followers of Jesus’s faith dispersed and displaced. Some have migrated to neighboring countries; others have fled the region entirely. But reliable statistics on this movement of peoples have been elusive — until now.
Drawing on diverse sources — including the Holy See, regional church officials, the CIA World Factbook, the World Bank, the United Nations and the U.S. Census Bureau, along with figures collected by the individual countries themselves — CNEWA has compiled what amounts to a definitive snapshot of Christianity in the region today. Here, on this site, you will find links to different countries and their statistics, along with some background on the history and demographics of the region.
We encourage you to click through each country and see for yourself how recent events have affected parts of CNEWA’s world — and, indeed, will continue to affect all of us who care about our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.