Arab, Iraqi in Australia

Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Arab Iraqis form the largest Iraqi people group in Iraq and they as well as other Iraqis have come to live in Australia.

Ever since the Gulf War of 1991, many Iraqis have come to live in Australia under the humanitarian program. The coming against the Shia in Iraq also led to many Iraqi Arabs coming to Australia after 1991.

Many Iraqis came to Australia in the 1980s because of the Iran-Iraq war. After the Gulf War of 1991, some refugees lived in processing camps, sometimes for five years before being allowed to live in Australia.

Immigration of Iraqis to Australia increased from 1992 to 1995. Lately most of the Iraqis have come here under the Family and Skilled Migration categories. Some of them looked for refugee status after they came to Australia and they have remained while their cases were looked into.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Iraqis speak Arabic and only a few speak English, showing that there are a lot of immigrants among them who have arrived lately. Many of them are under 35 years of age. Men and women usually work as laborers and in the manufacturing industry. Nearly a quarter of the Iraqis do professional work. The Iraqi people are given support by organizations like the Iraqi Forum. Their religious and cultural associations help them too.

The places where there are a notable number of Iraqis are Sydney and Melbourne.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The religion of the Arab Iraqis is Islam and there are both Shia and Sunni Muslims living in Australia. In the state of Victoria, only about thirty percent are Muslims with the majority being Christians.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Iraqi Christians in Australia will share the gospel message with these Iraqis and that they would give their lives to Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Population in Australia 49,000
World Population 17,683,700
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers, Arab-Mesopotamian, Iraqi Arab, Iraqi Arabs, Mesopotamian Spoken, North Iraqi Arab
People ID 12247
ROP3 Code 104056
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (49,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (49,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Film / Video Psalm of David 96 (
Film / Video Stories of the Prophets - David Psalm 23 (
Film / Video The Lamp on the Stand (
Film / Video The Lost Coin (
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
96.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source James Gordon  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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