Iraqi Arab in Sweden


Population
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

Iraqi Arabs need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.


Prayer Points

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.


References

en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Iraqis


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
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
Pronunciation ee-RAH-kee
Population this Country 97,000
Population all Countries 19,031,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers; Arab-Mesopotamian; Iraqi Arab; Iraqi Arabs; Mesopotamian Spoken; North Iraqi Arab
People ID 12247
ROP3 Code 104056
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (97,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (97,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
96.50 %
Non-Religious
0.50 %
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 Christiaan Briggs - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more