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How immigrants of Iraqi Christian identity negotiate becoming Americans

Sana Kika

Sana Kika, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location: Michigan – California – Illinois
Team: Iraqi-Christians

Research Question
“How immigrants of Iraqi Christian identity negotiate becoming Americans”

Significance
An intriguing reason for my research would be to see the reasons urging members from the Iraqi Christian minority group, to still identify themselves as Iraqis despite being born in United States. If the reason for such identification is largely racial, ethnic and cultural impact within the small communities formed at the country of destination, then what does the government policy lack in terms of formulation of a smooth and fast paced assimilation process?

Methods Used
Qualitative research methods of document analysis, semi-structured interviews with; both genders, individuals within the immigrant community, government officials, civil society actors, and scholars.

Conclusions/Outcomes
Understanding and accepting the long process of assimilation, understanding the changes in identity and efforts to preserving the old one within the immigrant community itself.

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