Kurdish people live mostly in contiguous areas of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey—a geographic region generally referred to as Kurdistan (“Land of the Kurds”). The Kurdsish diaspora began over a hundred years ago and is still happening today. From the Persian Gulf War to the current Turkish-Kurdish conflict, the movement of Kurds continues, with many moving out of the Middle East to Western Europe. The largest wave of Kurds migrating to Europe through Greece was after ISIS-occupied areas adjacent to Kurdish areas in Iraq and Syria beginning in 2013. The largest population of Kurds outside of the Middle East is Germany with an estimate of 1.5 million.
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