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Arab, Iraqi in Sweden

Arab, Iraqi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
93,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 1.00 % 0.30 %   

Arab, Iraqi in Sweden

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Introduction / History
The Iraqis are the second biggest minority peoples group living in Sweden after the Swedish Finns. The group has at least doubled since 2002 because of the war in Iraq causing them to leave their country and become refugees.

They live mainly in Stockholm, Malmo and Sodertalje. They speak Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Swedish, Neo Aramaic, Mandaic and Turkmen.

Though most have come to Sweden because of the Iraq war of this century, many came to Sweden in the last twenty years of the last century because of the Iran-Iraq war. Many Christians have come to live in Sweden because of persecution in Iraq since 2003. 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 generosity of Sweden meant many more Iraqis applying to live in Sweden. 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, a Gnostic religion.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-12
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Country: Sweden
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, Iraqi
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Alternate People Names:
Arab, Mesopotamian SpeakersArab-Mesopotamian
Iraqi ArabIraqi Arabs
Mesopotamian SpokenNorth Iraqi Arab
ROP3 Code: 104056
Joshua Project People ID: 12247
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 93,000
Population all Countries: 16,472,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (93,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): acm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.50 % 
Non-Religious0.50 % 
Other / Small2.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian ...
Film / VideoStories of the Prophets - Music Video - ...
Film / VideoThe Lamp on the Stand
Film / VideoThe Lost Coin (Eng Sub)
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Arab, Iraqi in Sweden

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Arab, Levant     Europe, Western    
      Arab, Iraqi Sweden    
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            Arab, Iraqi in Sweden          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken  
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