Chechen Americans

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Chechen Americans
Чеченские Американцы
Нохчийн Америкин
Noxҫiyn Amerikin
Total population
250-1,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
New Jersey, New York City, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles
Languages
Chechen, American English, Russian
Religion
Sunni Islam

Chechen Americans are Americans of Chechen descent. Chechen people have origins from Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia.

Demographics[edit]

The first Chechen settlers arrived in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. They are a small minority group with a population numbering only several hundred, as of 2013. Exact statistics are difficult to obtain because Chechens are categorized as Russians in asylee reports. The estimated 150 Chechen families live mainly in Paterson, New Jersey, and form part of the larger North Caucasian community there. Other most significant Chechen communities are in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles areas.[2]

Notable people[edit]

  • Ilyas Akhmadov, foreign minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
  • Salavadi Gugaev, political activist, and one of the first Chechen immigrants to the US.
  • Khassan Baiev, trauma surgeon.
  • Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • References[edit]

    1. ^ Andrew Meier (April 19, 2013). "The Chechens in America: Why They're Here and Who They Are". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
    2. ^ Bishop, Tricia (April 28, 2013). "Chechens in U.S. feel shame, fear over Boston bombing". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 4, 2013.

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