Arab expatriates contribute to the circulation of financial and human capital in the region and thus significantly promote regional development. In 2009 Arab countries received a total of US$35.1 billion in remittance
in-flows and remittances sent to Jordan
from other Arab countries are 40 to 190 per cent higher than trade revenues between these and other Arab countries.
Large numbers of Arabs migrated to West Africa
, particularly Côte d'Ivoire
, Sierra Leone
, and Nigeria
Since the end of the civil war in 2002, Lebanese
traders have become re-established in Sierra Leone.
According to Saudi Aramco World
, the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Arab World
is in Brazil
, which has 9 million Brazilians
of Arab ancestry.
Of these 9 million Arabs, 6 million are of Lebanese
making Brazil's population of Lebanese equivalent to that of Lebanon
itself. However, these figures are contradicted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics
(IBGE), which is the agency responsible for official collection of statistical information in Brazil. According to the 2010 Brazilian census conducted by IBGE, there were only 12,336 Lebanese nationals living in Brazil and other Arab nationalities were so small that they were not even listed.
The Brazilian census does not ask about ancestry or family origin. There is a question about nationality
and, according to the Brazilian law, any person born in Brazil is a Brazilian national by birth and right for any purpose, nationally or internationally - not an Arab.
The last Brazilian census to ask about family origin was conducted in 1940. At that time, 107,074 Brazilians said they had a Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi or Arab father. Native Arabs were 46,105 and naturalized Brazilians were 5,447. In 1940, Brazil had 41,169,321 inhabitants, hence Arabs and their children were 0.38% of Brazil's population in 1940.
It has been estimated that there are as many as four million Indonesians with at least partial Arab ancestry
They are generally well-integrated socially with Indonesian society, and identify as Indonesians.
In the 2010 census, 118,886 people, amounting to 0.05% of the population, identified themselves as being of Arab ethnicity.