The Iraqi

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).

Resources

This webpage gives a thorough yet easy-to-read profile of the Iraqi people. History, beliefs, medical considerations, and more information can be found here.

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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.”

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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.

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This 1-page PDF describes Iraqi perceptions of resettlement in the U.S., as recounted by two Iraqi refugees. They speak briefly on refugee experiences, housing considerations, employment, and images of the U.S.

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