Libanesere i Australia har en høy prosent inngifte, og andelen har vist stigende tendens på 90-tallet. Det gjør at libaneserne ikke blir integrert, men utgjør et avsondret samfunn.

THE children of Lebanese migrants are under pressure to marry within their own ethnicity to keep a strong community and 2_kommentartain a sense of solidarity.

Monash University Centre for Population and Urban Research director Bob Birrell said second-generation Lebanese had markedly lower rates of «out-marriage» compared with Europeans and Asians, hindering their social mobility and integration.

He said there was cultural pressure to keep a strong community, with high residential concentration and separate schools and mosques for people from different ethnic backgrounds.

«Ethnically, they don’t want to see their community break down. They want to 2_kommentartain their solidarity,» he said.

A study Dr Birrell conducted in 2000 found the already high level of in-marriage for the children of Lebanese migrants rose in the 1990s, with 61 per cent of grooms marrying a woman from Lebanon and 74 per cent of women marrying Lebanese men. The study also found a significant number were returning to their parents’ homeland to find a spouse.

He said there was a «problem group» in the Islamic community who did not do well at school and whose parents came from rural backgrounds, who might find it hard to break out of a pattern in Australian society.

By comparison, just 10 per cent of the children of European migrants married a partner from their parents’ homeland, while the figure was 18 per cent for the children of Chinese migrants.

Demographers see the rate of out-marriage as an indication of how much a community has integrated with broader society.

Spørsmål/kommentar: noen finner det støtende når vi bruker uttrykket australier, og libaneser på den annen side. Men når tendensen er selvvalgt separasjon, og ikke integreasjon, er det grunn til å spørre om ikke karakteristikken er treffende. Akkurat som den er det m.h.t. pakistanerne i Norge. Trist, men sant.

Lebanese want kids to ‘marry in’