Yazidis: A community scattered in between geographies and its current immigration experience

Emre Basci


This study analyzes the forced exile experience of some of the members of the Yazidi population—highly concentrated in Northern Iraq—due to the attacks of ISIL organization. The immigration process including the feelings, thoughts, experiences and expectations of the participants is depicted through phenomenological method. The findings of the research point out that the Yazidi movement from northern Iraq stems from—as it happened many times before—religion-based discrimination rather than economic conditions back at home. Another important finding is that cultural codes coming from distant past and current real life experiences cause the Yazidis to aspire for a country in which they could feel safe. According to the participants, this ideal country primarily needs to hold a Kurdish identity both on cultural and linguistic levels and to embrace all different religious beliefs it shelters.         


International Immigration; Minorities; Nationalization; Refugees; Yazidis

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