Kurdish Refugee Resettlement and Kurdish Communities in the United States

Authors: Johnathan Walker*, James Madison University
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Population Geography
Keywords: Kurds, Kurdish immigration, Kurdish communities
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Kurdish people have sought refuge in the United States since 1997 after severe repression under the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. In the two decades that have followed, Kurdish communities have popped up in large places such as Nashville, Tennessee and Detroit Michigan, and small places such as Harrisonburg Virginia, for varying reasons. While US forces continue to work in concert with Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the President Trump-initiated travel ban of 2018 has reduced Kurdish immigration to the US from a small but steady flow to a trickle.

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