Assyrians in Canada

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Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriacs in Canada
Total population
8,650[1] 38,000[2]
Regions with significant populations
Languages
English, Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Kurdish
Religion
Assyrian Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Syriac Orthodox Church

Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac Canadians are Canadians of Assyrian descent.

History[edit]

Most arrived due to ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. The migration to Canada may be broken up into a number of distinct periods: early settlement and the subsequent waves of migration sparked by the Assyrian genocide in present day Turkey and, more recently, the Iraq War. The last 2006 Census Canada counted 8,650[3] Assyrians in the country. The Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac organizations claim that their population in 2010 is around 23,000.[4] Other sources claimed that only the Chaldean Catholic Assyrians are more than 38,000 in Canada.[5] The first period of known mass-migration came just after the Assyrian Genocide in the dying days of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The second and perhaps largest wave of migration into came during the Iran-Iraq War. Under the shadow of war, Saddam Hussein's al-Anfal Campaign constituted a major force for migration for Iraq's Assyrian population.

Identity[edit]

There is often a misconception regarding the term Syrian and Assyrian. While Syrian traditionally refers to people from Syria regardless of whether Arab or another ethnicity such as Assyrian, Kurdish, Armenian or Circassian, it has erroneously come to mean Syrian Arab by the government. In the U.S.A., this is more common with this conflict of terms.

See also[edit]

Assyrians Of Canada - A Brief History

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ethnic Origin (247), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada,". Statistics Canada. 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Ethnic Origin (247), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada,". Statistics Canada. 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/articolo.asp?c=494962