Libyan Americans

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Libyan Americans
Total population
(2,979 (2000 US Census)[1]
9,000 (Libyan-born; 2008-2012)[2])
Arabic, English, Italian
Islam, Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Arab Americans, Berbers

Libyan Americans (Arabic: الليبية الأميركيين‎‎) are Americans of Libyan descent.

Most Libyan Americans speak Arabic, English and Tamazight (Berber). Many Libyan Americans from Western Libya speak Tamazight (Berber) and a small number also speak Italian because of Libya's 1911–1943 period as an Italian colony.[citation needed] According to answers provided to an open-ended question included in the 2000 census, 2,979 people said that their ancestry or ethnic origin was Libyan.[1] Most Libyan Americans immigrated from the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi.[citation needed] Libyan Americans are considered to be North African, Imazighen (Berber), or Arab.[citation needed]

Some Libyan American associations are the Libyan American Organization,[3] Libyan American Friendship Association (LAFA),[4] Libyan American Association in Southern California [5] and Libyan American Association of Georgia.[6]

The Libyan American Organization have as goal the Libya defense, promote political awareness among its members and integrate to all community in the association. In addition, the organization wants to improve education, health care and infrastructure of Libya. The association hopes to have the community support in order to "rebuilding our beloved country".[3]

Libyan American Friendship Association (LAFA) have as goal promote friendship between the Libyan and U.S., making dialogue the two peoples by holding international meetings and symposia, for the creation of programs and projects that help both peoples to establish ties. The organization celebrates coordinate visits between institutions of "economic, social, scientific and national / civil joint." [4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 4 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Christine P. Gambino, Edward N. Trevelyan, and John Thomas Fitzwater. The Foreign-Born Population From Africa: 2008–2012. American Community Survey Briefs.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Libyan American Organization – wplao". Retrieved 13 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Society and Culture - Organizations - Libyan American Friendship Association (LAFA). - Libya Yellowpages – Part of LibyaOnLine Network". Retrieved 13 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Libyan American Association Of Southern California in Fountain Valley, CA - Bizapedia Profile". Retrieved 13 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Find of Company: Libyan American Association of Georgia". Retrieved 13 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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