Iranians in Kuwait

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Iranians in Kuwait
Regions with significant populations
Kuwait City
Religion
Predominantly Shi'a Islam
Minority Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Iranians in Qatar

Iranians in Kuwait is the Iranian community in Kuwait. In 2012, there were 45,000 Iranian citizens residing in Kuwait according to the population census.[1] Iranian expatriates are heavily concentrated in the Bneid al-Gar suburb of Kuwait City.

In 1921, there were 10,000 Iranians in Kuwait. In 1933, H. R. P. Dickson said the Persian community was growing rapidly in size. By 1938, the Persian community had grown to 18,000.

Socioeconomics[edit]

Occupations

Most Iranian expatriates in Kuwait are employed the private sector.[2] In 2011, there were 42,795 Iranian citizens in Kuwait; 699 were employed in the public sector, 24,684 in the private sector and 16,577 were on dependent visas.[2]

Education

There are Iranian schools in Kuwait, most are privately funded and located in the suburbs of Kuwait City.[3] Iranian schools in Kuwait include:

  • Iranian School of Kuwait - previously located in Jabriya, recently relocated to Al Riggae.
  • Ja'afari School

Iranian Kuwaitis[edit]

Ajam
العيم
Regions with significant populations
Kuwait City
Religion
Predominantly Shi'a Islam
Minority Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Ajam of Bahrain

Iranian Kuwaitis are Kuwaiti citizens of Iranian origin, who migrated to Kuwait over the last couple of hundred years. Marafi Behbahani was one of the first merchants to settle in Kuwait in the 18th century.

Most Iranian Kuwaitis are Shiite Muslims. However, some Kuwaitis of Persian origin are Sunnis originally from Larestan. In Bahrain, they are called Hola (هوله). The Kuwaitis of Iranian Balochi origin are predominantly Sunni Muslim,[4] although nearly half of the Balochi community adheres to Shiite Islam. Balochi families first immigrated to Kuwait in the 19th century.[5]

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