Introduction to Iraqi Culture(s)
“Over the last 30 years, more than 105,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled to the United States…Iraqis are comprised of many different ethnic groups, the largest of which are Iraqi Arabs (75-80%). Iraqi Kurds represent 15-20% of the population.”
In Kansas, as of the end of 2014, Iraqis constituted 5% of the overall refugee settlement population (Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, 2015).
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This 4-page PDF brief describes the background of refugees who come from Iraq and touches on culture, religion, education, and child rearing practices common to this population. The document includes practical advice for working effectively with Iraqi families.
This webpage is a more comprehensive version of the backgrounders provided above. It gives more detailed information on relevant information like child rearing practice, post-partum practices, death, traditional medicine, common health concerns, and more.
The Next Door Neighbors series provides profiles of new refugees in the U.S. The 30-minute video describes the second of the major ethnic groups from Iraq. The video description reads: “The first in Nashville Public Television's Next Door Neighbors documentary series. Little Kurdistan profiles Nashville's Kurdish community, the largest Kurdish community in the United States.”
This 18-page PDF presentation gives an overview of Iraqi culture and refugee experiences, giving bullet point information on food practices, etiquette, gender roles, medical care, and other health issues.
This 44-page booklet presents a thorough account of history, ethnic minorities, education and learning, common health issues, resettlement challenges, and cross-cultural issues for Iraqi refugees.
This webpage has links to transcripts of interviews with refugee parents. The interviews, which include 4 Iraqi parents’ interviews, discusses family, education, child rearing practices, hopes for the future, and more.