Azerbaijanis in Ukraine
- This article is about Azerbaijanis in Ukraine. For Azerbaijanis in general, see the respective article.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Donetsk Oblast, Kharkiv Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast|
|Azerbaijani (52%), Russian (37%)|
|Related ethnic groups|
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|Traditional areas of settlement|
Azerbaijan and Ukraine relations took through centuries and both countries used to be the part of Russian Empire and then Soviet Union. Currently there are over 45,000 Azerbaijanis in Ukraine. Most of them live in Donetsk Oblast (8 thousand), Kharkiv - (5-6 thousand), and Dnipropetrovsk - (5-6 thousand people). The number of ethnic groups grew very rapidly - especially between 1960 and 1990, it increased 5.5 times, largely due to instability in the South Caucasus. Today, Ukraine is home to the 7th largest Azerbaijani community in the world.
The resettlement of Azerbaijanis into the territory of Ukraine is marked by certain historical events, dominated by migration processes that were primarily economic in nature. About 2,300 Azerbaijanis are native Ukrainian speakers. Ukraine is also host to a number of Azerbaijani guest workers which has yet to be ascertained.
The majority of Azerbaijanis are Muslim, mainly Shia. Azerbaijanis are one of the least religious nations on earth. They don't regularly practice their religion or show their faith in the way they dress.
Currently, 15 regions of Ukraine have national cultural societies for Azerbaijanis. In eight regions, Sunday schools study Azerbaijani language and literature. Publication of the magazine Voice of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani and Ukrainian) began in Kiev in 1998. The first Azerbaijani newspaper in Ukraine, Millət (The Nation), has been published since 1991 in Crimea.
Ukrainian have hosted a street procession and commemoration ceremonies dedicated to Khojaly Massacre, March Days and Black January. Heads of regional organizations of the Congress of Ukrainian Azerbaijanis (CUA), members of the Mission of the World Azerbaijanis Congress (WAC) in Ukraine, intellectuals, youth, students and activists of the diaspora celebrate national holidays like Republic Day and National Salvation Day.
Resettlement and language
|Rank||Place||Number of Azerbaijanis|
|1||Azerbaijani language||23 958 (52%)|
|2||Russian language||16 968 (37%)|
|3||Ukrainian language||3 224 (7%)|
|4||Crimean Tatar||102 (0.2%)|
- Ukrainians of Azerbaijani origins
- Oleksandr Aliyev, footballer
- Oleh Babayev, Ukrainian politician, former Mayor of Kremenchuk
- Renat Mirzaliyev, judoka
- Ruslan Mirzaliyev, judoka
- Maksym Pashayev, footballer
- Pavlo Pashayev, footballer
- Vugar Rakhimov, Greco-Roman wrestler
- Ruslan Zeynalov, footballer
- Azerbaijanis of Ukrainian origins
- Aleksandr Chertoganov, footballer
- Marina Durunda, rhythmic gymnast
- Natalya Mammadova, volleyball player
- Valeriya Mammadova, volleyball player
- Oksana Parkhomenko, volleyball player
- Polina Rahimova, volleyball player
- Valeriy Sereda, high jumper
- Mariya Stadnik, wrestler
- Про кількість та склад населення України за підсумками Всеукраїнського перепису населення 2001 року Archived November 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- GALLUP WorldView - data accessed on 17 January 2009
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