Syrian Culture

Other Considerations

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  • 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.
  • Pre-conflict (2011) most Syrian females did not wear the traditional Islamic headdress (hijab). However, since there has been an increase in the number of women and girls choosing to wear it.
  • 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 LGBTI+ 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.
Syrian Arab Republic
  • Population
    17,185,170
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish
    Armenian
    Aramaic
    Circassian
    French
    English
  • Religions
    Sunni Islam (74%)
    Shi'a Islam (13%)
    Christianity (10%)
    Druze (3%)
    Judaism (>1%)
  • Ethnicities
    Arab (90.3%)
    Kurdish, Armenian, Assyrian and other (9.7%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 80
    Individualism 35
    Masculinity 52
    Uncertainty Avoidance 60
    Long Term Orientation 30
    Indulgence N.A.
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  • Australians with Syrian Ancestry
    13,517
Syrians in Australia
  • Population
    13,660
    [2015 est.]
  • Average Age
    45
  • Gender
    Male (48.2%)
    Female (51.8%)
  • Religion
    Islam (35.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (18.3%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (13.9%)
    Oriental Orthodox Christianity (10.5)
    No Religion (3.1%)
    Other (22.2%)
  • Ancestry
    Syrian (48.2%)
    Armenian (9.8%)
    Assyrian (9.8%)
    Arab (9.7%)
    Other (22.5%)
  • Languages
    Arabic (71%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (10.7%)
    Armenian (8.5%)
    English (5.5%)
    Other (4.3%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (72.9%)
    Not well (25.7%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (61.4%)
    Victoria (27%)
    Queensland (3.8%)
    Western Australia (3.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (70.1%)
    2001-2006 (13%)
    2007-2011 (12.2%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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