Iraqi Culture

Other Considerations

  • Iraqis may have a dark familiarity with war, violence and oppressive authority, and some undertook 3 years of compulsory military service under Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • Iraqis tend to give a great deal of detail about their job and family when first meeting someone and will often stress the achievements of their family. This is not a justification or deflection so much as a validation of their family’s honour (a core value in Arab culture).
  • Iraqis are prone to taking any testimony that you will try to do something as a promise. Therefore, when you are asked to do them a favour, be careful that you either keep your word or are very noncommittal.
  • On all days of the week, Muslims reserve a time in the early morning, midday, afternoon, after sunset and night time to pray.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish (official)
    Turkmen (official)
    Assyrian (official)
  • Religions
    Islam (97%)
    - Shi'a (55-60%)
    - Sunni (40%)
    Other, including Christians, Yazidis and Mandeans (3%)
    [Religious Freedoms Report, 2017]
  • Ethnicities
    Arab (75-80%)
    Kurdish (15-20%)
    Turkoman, Assyrian or Other (5%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Iraqi Ancestry
    42,881 [2016 census]
Iraqis in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iraq.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (51.6%)
    Female (48.4%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (35.7%)
    Islam (32%)
    Assyrian Apostolic Christianity (11.9%)
    Other (20.4%)
    No Religion (1.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Iraqi (36.8%)
    Assyrian (20.7%)
    Chaldean (12.4%)
    Other (19.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (52.5%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (23%)
    Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (13.5%)
    Kurdish (3.3%)
    Other (7.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 68.1% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (60.9%)
    Victoria (26.6%)
    Western Australia (5.4%)
    Queensland (3.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (43.6%)
    2001-2006 (25.5%)
    2007-2011 (26.9%)
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