Kirkuk Governorate (Arabic: محافظة كركوك, romanized: Muḥāfaẓat Karkūk, Turkish: Kerkük ili, Kurdish: پارێزگای کەرکووک, romanized: Parêzgeha Kerkûkê/Parêzgayi Kerkûk, Syriac: ܗܘܦܪܟܝܐ ܕܟܪܟܘܟ, romanized: Hoparkiya d’Kerkouk) 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. The provincial capital is the city of Kirkuk. It is divided into four districts.
|Country||Iraq (Disputed territories of Northern Iraq)|
|• Type||Provincial municipality|
|• Total||9,679 km2 (3,737 sq mi)|
|Official language(s)||Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Syriac|
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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, the name "Kirkuk Governorate" was restored.
|District||Total population, 2006|
Kirkuk Governorate borders were altered in 1976; when 4 districts were added to the Sulaymaniya, Diyala and Saladin Governorates. With these 4 districts, in the Kirkuk Governorate the Kurds would form a clear majority. The Kirkuk Governorate as well received the Arab populated Zab District from the Mosul Governorate.
With 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. The number of Kurds remained relatively constant from 1957 until 1977, decrease in their numbers coincides with the Arabization process in the 1990s. 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. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, 100,000 Kurds have returned to the city of Kirkuk.
|Census results for Kirkuk Governorate|
|Mother tongue||1947 (Ethnicity)||Percentage||1957||Percentage||1977||Percentage||1997||Percentage|
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; consequently, this skewed the number of other ethnic minorities, such as Iraq's third largest ethnic group – the Iraqi Turkmen.
2018 election resultsEdit
The following is the results of the 2018 Iraqi parliamentary election in the Kirkuk governorate. Election results are often used to estimate the demographics of the region. However, Iraqi citizens do not necessary vote for parties based on its ethnic affiliation.
|Patriotic Union of Kurdistan||183,283||37.8%||6|
|Arab Alliance of Kirkuk||84,102||17.4%||3|
|Turkman Front of Kirkuk||79,694||16.4%||3|
Movement for Change
Coalition for Democracy and Justice
Kurdistan Islamic Group
|New Generation Movement||13,096||2.7%||0|
Reserved Christian Seat
|Kurdistan Islamic Group||4,631||1%||0|
|Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council||3,810||0.8%||0|
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