The Yezidi Kurds and Assyrians of Georgia: The Problem of Diasporas and Integration into Contemporary Society

Iraklii Chikhladze, Executive Director,
International Eurokavkazasia Association, Tbilisi, Georgia
Giga Chikhladze, Executive Director,

Profile Journal, Tbilisi, Georgia

We have deliberately selected the Assyrians and the Yezidi Kurds from among numerousethnic minorities living in Georgia as a subject of this article because both have no independent national-autonomous entities except their autonomies in the north and northeast of Iraq. This shows that the diasporas cannot communicate with their historical homeland at the state level. At the same time, the expected state structure of postwar Iraq may greatly affect the life of the Kurdish and Assyrian communities in Georgia that share some of the problems with other ethnic minorities and have specific concerns of their own. There are indications that these communities have stepped up their activeness partly in response to the Georgian domestic problems and partly because of the coming geopolitical changes in the Middle East. The Southern Caucasus has been serving as home to the majority of the Kurds and Assyrians since the early 20th century when their ancestors fled Turkey.
Today their diasporas may gain more weight in the context of possible geopolitical changes that are expected soon.


Onnik Krikorian is towering with his themes and photo about the yezidi and kurds …
Look there: Kurds & Yezidi

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