Country: Iraq

Number of People Groups

35

People Groups Unreached

25 (71.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

39,137,000

Population in Unreached

38,353,000 (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 39,000 679,000 Adyghe Islam 0.02 % 0.01 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 800 191,659,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 76,000 6,385,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.90 % 0.10 % 2
 Arab, Egyptian 451,000 64,573,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Iraqi 15,681,000 16,419,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 314
 Arab, Marsh 252,000 252,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.40 % 0.20 % 5
 Arab, North Iraqi 8,570,000 9,591,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.70 % 0.20 % 171
 Arab, Palestinian 21,000 11,080,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 1.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 1,671,000 5,580,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 33
 Arab, Syrian 21,000 15,765,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Armenian 68,000 6,562,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 171,000 721,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 1.00 % -
 Bajelani 67,000 67,000 Bajelani Islam 0.15 % 0.03 % 1
 British 2,600 53,604,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Chaldean 83,000 123,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 96.00 % 1.00 % -
 Chechen 11,000 1,721,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 295,000 46,968,000 Language unknown Islam 1.59 % 6
 French 800 50,163,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
Gurani, Hawrami 169,000 378,000 Gurani Islam 0.02 % 0.00 % 3
Gurani, Sarli 21,000 21,000 Sarli Islam 0.30 % 0.05 % 1
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 2,300 878,504,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 % -
 Herki 41,000 105,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.04 % 0.00 % 1
Koy Sanjaq Surat 900 900 Koy Sanjaq Surat Christianity 75.00 % 1.00 % -
 Kurd, Central 4,546,000 8,167,000 Kurdish, Central Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 91
 Kurd, Kurmanji 3,321,000 15,411,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 66
 Luri, Northern 112,000 1,959,000 Luri, Northern Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 2
 Mandaean, Sabean 30,000 67,000 Mandaic Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Persian 464,000 41,266,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 9
 Romani, Domari 38,000 3,462,000 Domari Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Shabak 34,000 34,000 Shabak Islam 0.07 % 0.00 % 1
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 4,500 147,000 Turoyo Christianity 98.00 % 0.60 % -
 Turk 3,000 61,293,000 Turkish Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen, Middle-Eastern 2,319,000 2,747,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 46
 Urdu 4,100 1,860,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Yazidi 548,000 710,000 Kurdish, Northern Ethnic Religions 0.14 % 0.14 % 11
  Totals:  35 39,137,000         25 1.35 % 0.20 % 771 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 173,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 39,310,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   39,137,000 35 25 71.4 % 38,353,000 98.0 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 738.9 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 1,926.4 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 513.4 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 297.1 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
39,137,000
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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 hye 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   12 13 23 24 9

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

Search the Web
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 39,137,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 2.9%
Population in Unreached 38,353,000  (98.0%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 771
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 1.3%
Percent Evangelical 0.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.4%
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 8,219,000
Persecution Ranking 13 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.