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

Status of Christianity

Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 2

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 StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC9
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR50
United StatesOdessaOdessaTX92
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR209
United StatesOklahoma CityOklahoma CityOK218
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA253
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM255
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN275
United StatesMilwMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI275
United StatesKennerNew Orleans-MetairieLA284
United StatesMidlandMidland-OdessaTX300
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY347
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX390
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX400
United StatesCedar ParkAustin-Round RockTX400
United StatesKansas CityKansas CityMO428
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA443
United StatesSalt Lake CitySalt Lake CityUT540
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC550
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH612
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR799
United StatesAuroraDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO818
United StatesSanta ClaraSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA999
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA1,000
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN1,000
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,014
United StatesHendersonLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV1,116
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ1,127
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY1,200
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA1,392