Arab, Iraqi of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 159,448

ROP3 Code: 104056
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
Language: Mesopotamian Arabic - (acm)
Religion: Islam - Shia
Country of Origin: Iraq

Majority Located Where

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 35,851

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 29,045

  San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA - 10,371

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 10,000

  Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE - 7,000

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Brief Profile

The vast majority of Arab, Iraqi people began migrating to North America in the past twenty years due to conflict and war in their homeland. Due to many having refugee status and a lack of helpful aide it is difficult for them to access health care or other public services, even providing school uniforms and books for children is often difficult. Due also to the brutality that has occurred in Iraq over the recent decades there are many people who are traumatized emotionally.

Generally Arab, Iraqis are employed in positions of sales, business, or construction. They are more often than not hard working and very hospitable. They also are generally devout Muslims and are tend to mingle only among themselves. Nevertheless, they are friendly and are even very willing to talk about religious things.

The various people groups from Iraq form one of the largest diasporas in the world. The Iraqi diaspora is not a sudden exodus but one that has grown rapidly through the 20th century as each generation faced some form of radical transition or political conflict.

From 1950 to 1952 Iraq saw a great exodus of roughly 120,000 - 130,000 of its Jewish population under the Israel-led "Operation Ezra and Nehemiah". There were at least two large waves of expatriation of both Christians and Muslims alike. A great number of Iraqis left the country during the regime of Saddam Hussein and large numbers have left during the Second Gulf War and its aftermath. The United Nations estimates that roughly 40% of Iraq's remaining and formerly strong middle-class have fled the country following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God would give boldness to Christians to talk with the Arab, Iraqi people.
  • Pray that God would continue to provide for their material and physical needs.
  • Pray that God would send evangelical Christians into the harvest field of Arab, Iraqi.
  • Pray that God would show the Arab, Iraqi people of their need for a God who is both ultimate and intimate.


Global Recordings Network
PG - Arab, Iraqi Profile (pdf)
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesDearbornDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI35,851
CanadaVaughanToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON29,045
United StatesEl CajonSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA10,371
United StatesWest RidgeChicago-Naperville-ElginIL10,000
United StatesLincolnOmaha-Council BluffsNE7,000
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ6,868
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA6,520
CanadaWindsorWindsor (Lakeshore)ON4,645
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC4,150
United StatesFalls ChurchWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA3,000
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX2,500
United StatesMeadowbrookPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA2,200
United StatesSumnerSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA1,509
United StatesSt LouisSt. LouisMO1,500
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX1,400
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA1,392
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY1,200
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ1,127
United StatesHendersonLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV1,116
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,014
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA1,000
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN1,000
United StatesSanta ClaraSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA999
United StatesAuroraDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO818
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR799
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH612
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC550
United StatesSalt Lake CitySalt Lake CityUT540
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA443