Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jennifer M. Klein
Iraqi Americans are the immigrants and their descendants from Iraq, a country of 29.0 million, as of 2007 estimates. Iraqi Americans represent one of the many diverse groups of the Arab nation, which includes those from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, the Republic of Yemen, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates, and of who speak the Arabic language. According to the 2000 census, there were 89,890 people born in Iraq resident in the United States, of whom 50.7% are citizens. This entry will look at recent immigration from Iraq to the United States and the emerging picture of Iraqi refugees. The large waves of emigration from Iraq that began with the Saddam Hussein regime have continued. This is referred to as the Iraqi Diaspora, and destinations include many other countries besides the United States. Between 1989 and 2001, ...