Country: Iraq

Number of People Groups

35

People Groups Unreached

25 (71.4%)

Progress Level

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Total
Population

40,048,000

Population in Unreached

39,245,000 (98.0%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

1.3%

% Evangelical

0.20%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.4%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Adyghe 40,000 689,000 Adyghe Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 900 192,802,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 78,000 7,028,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.90 % 0.10 % 2
 Arab, Egyptian 462,000 68,881,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Iraqi 16,045,000 16,842,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 321
 Arab, Marsh 45,000 45,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.40 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, North Iraqi 8,768,000 10,105,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.70 % 0.20 % 175
 Arab, Palestinian 21,000 10,854,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 1.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 1,710,000 17,344,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 34
 Arab, Syrian 21,000 16,175,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Armenian 70,000 6,249,000 Armenian, Western Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 175,000 850,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 1.00 % -
 Bajelani 69,000 69,000 Bajelani Islam 0.15 % 0.03 % 1
 British 2,600 53,901,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chaldean 84,000 125,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 96.00 % 1.00 % -
 Chechen 12,000 1,726,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 301,000 47,601,000 Language unknown Islam 1.59 % 6
 French 800 50,524,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
Gurani, Hawrami 173,000 385,000 Gurani Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 3
Gurani, Sarli 21,000 21,000 Sarli Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 2,300 882,277,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Herki 42,000 107,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.04 % 0.00 % 1
Koy Sanjaq Surat 900 900 Koy Sanjaq Surat Christianity 75.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kurd, Central 4,652,000 8,058,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 93
 Kurd, Kurmanji 3,398,000 15,724,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.10 % 0.09 % 68
 Luri, Northern 115,000 1,986,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 2
 Mandaean, Sabean 31,000 68,000 Mandaic Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Persian 474,000 41,809,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 9
 Romani, Domari 38,000 3,505,000 Domari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Shabak 250,000 250,000 Shabak Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 5
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 4,600 177,000 Turoyo Christianity 98.00 % 0.60 % -
 Turk 3,100 63,323,000 Turkish Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen, Middle-Eastern 2,372,000 2,807,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 47
 Urdu 4,200 1,930,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Yazidi 561,000 723,000 Kurdish, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.14 % 0.14 % 11
  Totals:  35 40,048,000         25 1.34 % 0.20 % 788 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 174,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 40,222,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Al-Anbar 1,813,000
Al-Basrah, Basra 2,975,000
Al-Muthannia 833,000
Al-Qadisiyah 1,321,000
An-Najaf 1,506,000
Arbil, Erbil 1,898,000
As-Sulaymaniyah 2,101,000
At-Ta'mim, Kirkuk 1,635,000
Babil 2,113,000
Baghdad 8,316,000
Dhi-Qar 2,144,000
Dihok 1,322,000
Diyala 1,675,000
Halabja 109,000
Karbala' 1,247,000
Maysan 1,138,000
Ninawa, Nineveh 3,817,000
Sala ad-Din, Saladin 1,633,000
Wasit 1,410,000
Provinces:  19 39,006,000
UN Country Population 40,222,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,717,000 718.4 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 1,912.6 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 513.7 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,522,000 286.0 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
40,048,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Adyghe ady 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 2 2 New Testament
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 1 Bible Portions
Armenian, Western hyw 1 0 Complete Bible
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete Bible
Bajelani bjm 1 1 Unspecified
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic cld 1 0 New Testament
Chechen che 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gurani hac 1 1 Bible Portions
Koy Sanjaq Surat kqd 1 0 Translation Needed
Kurdish, Central ckb 1 1 Complete Bible
Kurdish, Northern kmr 3 3 Complete Bible
Luri, Northern lrc 1 1 Bible Portions
Mandaic mid 1 1 Unspecified
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Sarli sdf 1 1 Unspecified
Shabak sdb 1 1 Unspecified
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 1 Unspecified
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 31 35 25   11 13 22 24 8

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.2 %)
1.3 %
Ethnic Religions
1.4 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
95.8 %
Non-Religious
0.2 %
Other / Small Religions
1.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
4.3 %
Orthodox
49.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
3.2 %
Roman Catholic
41.9 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Iraq. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Iraq
  • Christian ministry in Iraq
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Iraq Statistics
People Groups 35
Unreached People Groups 25  (71.4%)
Population 40,048,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Population in Unreached 39,245,000  (98.0%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.3%
Percent Evangelical 0.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 788
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 71%
Continent Asia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IZ
Official Language(s) Arabic, StandardKurdish, Central
Literacy Rate 79%
Estimated Illiterate Population 8,410,000
Persecution Ranking 15 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

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