Assyrians in France

Assyrians in France
ܐܬܘܪܝܐ ܕܦܪܲܢܓܝܵܐ
Total population
16,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Lyon, Marseille
Languages
Neo-Aramaic and French
Religion
Chaldean Catholic, Syriac Orthodox

French Assyrians (Syriac: ܐܬܘܪܝܐ ܕܦܪܲܢܓܝܵܐ‎), (French: Assyriens) alternatively (French: Assyro-Chaldéens) are French citizens of Assyrian ancestry. There are around 16,000 most of which are concentrated in the Paris metropolitan area.

History[edit]

The community has a history in France dating back to the First World War, with most arriving during the 1920s in Marseille as a result of the Assyrian genocide. [2]

The bulk of the Assyrian presence dates back to the early 20th century, when some Assyrians, fleeing the Assyrian genocide, found refuge in France.[1] Others arrived from rural south-eastern Turkey as a result of the Kurdish–Turkish conflict in the 1960s and 70s. Their numbers swelled after the Iraq War in 2003 by those arriving from Iraqi cities.

Population[edit]

Around 10,000 of the 16,000 Assyrians live in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris. They are generally compared to French Jews who are seen as inward-looking, conservative and well-integrated in the French society.[3]

Notable French Assyrians[edit]

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