Syrian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Prior to its conflict, Syria had a highly-developed tertiary and secondary education system. The literacy rate of the population is high at 84.2%. It is common for Syrians in Australia to hold degrees and postgraduate qualifications.
  • Most Syrian-born people will have a familiarity with war, violence, oppression and/or harsh authority. Considering these things, be sensitive to the reality that the person you are engaging with may have experienced or witnessed the atrocities of ISIS or DAESH, the Assad regime and the Syrian civil war.
  • If a Syrian has been offended, they will commonly adopt a formal approach to interacting with the offender that is unlike them (short handshakes instead of hugs, less eye contact, etc.). Neglecting to make amends for your errors can jeopardise your relationship with them.
  • The LGBTQI+ community is stigmatised in Syria.
  • Syrians are very affectionate to children. For example, it is normal for someone to walk up to a stranger’s child, pick it up and kiss it on the cheek without parental permission.
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Syrian Arab Republic
  • Population
    17,185,170
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish
    Armenian
    Aramaic
    Circassian
    French
    English
  • Religion
    Sunni Islam (74%)
    Shi'a Islam (13%)
    Christianity (10%)
    Druze (3%)
    Judaism (>1%)
    Note: The Christian population may be considerably smaller as a result of Christians fleeing the country during the ongoing civil war.
  • Ethnicity
    Arab (90.3%)
    Kurdish, Armenian, Assyrian and other (9.7%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    80
    35
    52
    60
    30
    N.A.
  • Australians with Syrian Ancestry
    19,963 [Census, 2016]
Syrians in Australia
  • Population
    15,321
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Syria.
  • Median Age
    41 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (48.7%)
    Female (51.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Islam (37.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (16.6%)
    Assyrian Apostolic Christianity (10.2%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (8.3%)
    Other Religion (18.7%)
    No Religion (4.1%)
    Not Stated (4.0%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Syrian (47.5%)
    Assyrian (16.5%)
    Arab [not defined] (10.6%)
    Armenian (7.0%)
    Other Ancestry (18.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (68.8%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (16.7%)
    Armenian (6.5%)
    English (4.2%)
    Other Languages (3.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 37.7% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (60.6%)
    Victoria (25.1%)
    South Australia (5.3%)
    Western Australia (4.0%)
    Other (5.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (45.2%)
    2007 - 2011 (8.5%)
    2012 - 2016 (41.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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