The generosity of Sweden resulted in an influx of Iraqis applying to live there. Sweden takes in more than half of the Iraqi asylum seekers wanting to live in Europe. In 2006, Sweden allowed more protection to Iraqis than all the other EU countries put together.
The number of Iraqi Arab refugees in Sweden has more than doubled since 2002. A smaller number came in the 1980s because of the Iran-Iraq war. Iraqi Christians fled to Sweden because of persecution in Iraq since 2003.
Iraqis are the second biggest minority peoples group living in Sweden after the Swedish Finns. They live mainly in Stockholm, Malmo and Sodertalje. They speak Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Swedish, Neo Aramaic, Mandaic and Turkmen.
Because of so many of them coming to live in Sweden they are having to live in poor conditions. Many of the new Iraqi migrants are having to live in very crowded apartments, sometimes with as many as fifteen people.
Maybe because of all the distress, the Iraqi Christians could find the non-Iraqi Christians receptive to the gospel message.
Iraq is presently in turmoil. This offers both obstacles and opportunities for the Iraqi Arabs to learn more fully of who Jesus truly is, but that will require believers to obey the Lord faithfully.
They are mainly Muslims, some Sunni, some Shia. Others follow Syriac Christianity. They have one of the largest Mandaean people groups in the world and they are followers of Mandaeism, an ancient Gnostic religion.
Iraqi Arabs need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Pray for workers to go to the Iraqi Arab people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.
Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Iraqi in Sweden.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-06|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-12|
|People Name General||Arab, Iraqi|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Iraqi|
|Natural Name||Iraqi Arab|
|Alternate Names||Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers; Arab-Mesopotamian; Iraqi Arab; Iraqi Arabs; Mesopotamian Spoken; North Iraqi Arab|
|Population this Country||98,000|
|Population all Countries||18,639,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (98,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||acm Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bible Online||Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|