Kirkuk Governorate

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Kirkuk Governorate

محافظة كركوك
پارێزگای کەرکووک
Location of Kirkuk Governorate
Coordinates: 35°22′N 44°8′E / 35.367°N 44.133°E / 35.367; 44.133Coordinates: 35°22′N 44°8′E / 35.367°N 44.133°E / 35.367; 44.133
Country Iraq (Disputed territory)
 • Total9,679 km2 (3,737 sq mi)
 • Total1,259,561
HDI (2017)0.677[1]

Kirkuk Governorate (Arabic: محافظة كركوكMuḥāfaẓat Karkūk, Kurdish: پارێزگای کەرکووکParêzgay Kerkûk, Syriac: ܟܪܟ ܣܠܘܟKarḵ Sloḵ, Turkish: Kerkük ili) or Kirkuk Province is a governorate in northern Iraq. The governorate has an area of 9,679 square kilometres (3,737 sq mi). In 2017 the estimated population was 1,259,561 people.[2] The provincial capital is the city of Kirkuk. It is divided into four districts.

From 1976 to 2006, it was named At-Ta'mim Governorate, which means "Nationalization" and refers to the national ownership of the regional oil and natural gas reserves. Prior to 1976 it had been named Kirkuk Governorate. In 2006,[citation needed] the name "Kirkuk Governorate" was restored.

Governorate government[edit]

Districts of Kirkuk Governorate


District Total population, 2006
Dibis 34,254
Daquq 40,237
Hawija 450,267
Kirkuk 402,249


Kirkuk Governorate borders were altered;[when?] the Kurdish dominated districts were added to Erbil and Sulaymaniya Governorates. the Arab districts were added to Kirkuk province. Turkmen villages were added to Diyala and Saladin Governorates.[5]

Due to the Arabization policies of the Ba'ath party the number of Arabs in official censuses increased fivefold within 40 years, however the most reliable data indicative of the ethnic breakdown of the governorate are those of the 1957 census.[6] The number of Kurds remained relatively constant from 1957 until 1977, decrease in their numbers coincides with the Arabization process in the 1990s.[7] The Turkmens were seriously affected by the Ba'ath changing Kirkuk borders their percentage fell from 21% to 7%.

Starting from 1977, 2,000 Christians (Assyrians) were registered as Arabs. From the end of the Gulf War to 1999, about 11,000 Kurdish families were deported from Kirkuk.[8][9] Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 100,000 Kurds have settled in the city of Kirkuk[10] and these numbers are steadily increasing.

Census results for Kirkuk Governorate[6]
Mother tongue 1957 Percentage 1977 Percentage 1997 Percentage
Arabs 109,620 28% 218,755 45% 544,596 72%
Kurds 187,593 48% 184,875 38% 155,861 21%
Turkmens 83,371 21% 80,347 17% 50,099 7%
Assyrians 1,605 0.4% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jews 123 0.003% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other 6,545 1.77% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 388,829 483,977 752,745

A report by the International Crisis Group points out that figures from 1977 and 1997 censuses "are all considered highly problematic, due to suspicions of regime manipulation" because Iraqi citizens were only allowed to indicate belonging to either the Arab or Kurdish ethnic groups;[11] consequently, this skewed the number of other ethnic minorities, such as Iraq's third largest ethnic group – the Turkmens/Turkomans.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Central Organization for Statistics and Information Technology, Iraq
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-03-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Dagher, Sam (25 April 2008). "Can the U.N. avert a Kirkuk border war?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Anderson, Liam D.; Stansfield, Gareth R. V. (2009), Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise, University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 43, ISBN 0-8122-4176-2
  7. ^ Anderson, Liam D.; Stansfield, Gareth R. V. (2009), Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise, University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 44, ISBN 0-8122-4176-2
  8. ^ "An ancient tragedy". The Economist. 20 February 1999. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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  11. ^ a b "Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds: Conflict or Cooperation?" (PDF). International Crisis Group. 2008. p. 16. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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