Syria: Immigrant Stories

Syrian Immigrants in the United States

There are approximately 105,340 Syrian immigrants in the United States. While the overall number of Syrian immigrants living in the United States is a relatively small percentage of the overall U.S. immigrant population (0.2%), Syrians comprised 10% of the refugee population resettled in the United States between fiscal years 2016-2020.

While the median year of arrival for all other immigrants in the United States is 1999, Syrian immigrants have a more recent median year of arrival of 2005, as visualized below. Overall, the number of Syrian immigrants in the United States increased 80 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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Meet a Syrian Immigrant 

May Abou Ghazaleh was born and raised in Syria before moving to the United States. She is an adjunct faculty member in the finance sector of the School of Business at George Mason University. She has been working at George Mason University since 2016 as the Manager of the MS in Real Estate Development Program and the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Damascus University in Syria, a Master of Business Administration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from George Mason University in Virginia. She has received multiple awards during her time at Mason, including the EagleBank Scholar award. She wants people to remember that immigration is “going to take a long time” and that “you need really to be patient.” 

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