Arab, Iraqi in Turkey


Population
106,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Modern day Iraq is the location of the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires. Iraq was occupied by Britain during World War I. In 1932, Iraq gained independence from the UK.

The Iraqi Arabs descended from a people group cluster called the Levant Arabs. “Levant” is a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: the Iraqi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Arabic Jewish, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs. The Levant Arabs originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran.

The Arabs are the majority ethnic group in Iraq, though they are divided by religious community.

There have been many waves of Iraqis fleeing war since the 1980s. Being located to the north of Iraq, and being a peaceful country, Turkey has been a preferred destination for Iraqi Arab refugees.


Where Are they Located?

Most Iraqi Arabs in Turkey are in the capital city of Istanbul.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are hoping to either settle in a different country or return to Iraq. For that reason, the Iraqi Arabs are usually in a holding pattern, biding their time in refugee camps. They will not be able to return to Iraq until the fighting ends and the infrastructure is restored.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Iraqi Arabs who left Iraq for Turkey are from a number of religious communities: There are Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, Alawites, Yezidis, and Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Iraqi Arabs want a safe place to live and raise their families. They want to live in peace, but peace eludes them in their home country. They go to Turkey, usually as a way-station to Europe, the United States, or a temporary home while their country is at war. Many would prefer to return home.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Iraqi Arabs will find a safe home where they can prosper physically and spiritually.
* Pray that the Iraqi Arabs, no matter what religious community they begin with, will seek and find spiritual refuge in Jesus. Pray for them to learn to live like Jesus, and share His ways with others.
* Pray for a Christ-oriented church planting movement to begin among Arab Iraqis in Turkey.


References

http://www.refugeesolidaritynetwork.org/iraqis-in-turkey/
http://uk.reuters.com/article/feature-iraq-turkey-idUKNOA82883320070718
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqis_in_Turkey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minorities_in_Turkey#Arabs


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Population in Turkey 106,000
World Population 17,120,400
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
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
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mardin and Siirt provinces   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Turkey
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mardin and Siirt provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (106,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: acm   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (106,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
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
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Film / Video Psalm of David 96 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Stories of the Prophets - David Psalm 23 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Lamp on the Stand (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Lost Coin (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.30 %
Non-Religious
0.20 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: James Gordon   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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