ASIA/LEBANON - Among Lebanese young people under 25, only 25% are Christians

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 demography   oriental churches   sectaniarism   migrants

Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - Today, Christians account for 34% of the Lebanese population registered in the civil Status register. But if the focus is placed on the Lebanese population up to 25 years of age, the percentage of Christians drops to 25%. This is the most eloquent demographic data on the current number of Christians in Lebanon, released by the vice president of the Maronite League Hiam Boustany at the Conference convened yesterday by the Movement for the Earth at the convent of Mar Yacoub, in the village of Karm Saddeh and dedicated to the sale of land belonging to Christian owners.
The study meeting - refer the Lebanese media - focused the attention on the changes in ownership of land once owned by Christians to Muslim owners, confirming that this phenomenon is directly related to the weakening of the Christian presence in the vast rural areas of the Country of Cedars, and also in coastal areas of Zgharta and Kura. The Conference launched the new alarm on the necessity to avoid abuses and illegal real estate transactions that jeopardize the demographic balance on which the fragile Lebanese institutional system is also founded. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 27/09/2016)