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Sudan in World Factbook
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Reasons for Migration
Demographic data
Languages
Areas of residence
Employment
Religion
Media
Contact for more info
DFW Int'l Board Member
Sudanese Organizations

SUDANESE
Community in North Texas

Emigrating from a country that extends from the pyramids of Merawi in the midst of the Sahara to the vivacious wild life of the equatorial forests, North Texas Sudanese are a group of mostly educated emigrants that form a vibrant, coherent, and closely meshed community of young newcomers that reflect the varied culture of their ancestral country. Students, professional, entrepreneurs and others form the heart of this growing community that have two schools, community centers and several places of worship, and that contributes ardently to the cultural, economic and social life in North Texas. 
Reasons for Migration
The principal reasons for migration are for economic and political instability. Military regimes favoring Islamic-oriented governments have dominated national politics in Sudan since independence from the UK in 1956. Sudan was embroiled in two prolonged civil wars during most of the remainder of the 20th century. These conflicts were rooted in northern economic, political, and social domination of largely non-Muslim, non-Arab southern Sudanese. In actuality, the conflict is motivated by desire to control access to the rich natural resources found in the South.
Demographic Data

Population in North Texas estimated by community leaders: 3,000
Sudanese immigrant men outnumber women.
About 40% of local Sudanese hold a bachelor's or higher degree.
Average household size: 4
Average family income: $32,000
Estimated undocumented:
American citizens or green card holders:
Most Sudanese in North Texas are either foreign-born or are second generation born in America.

Languages

New arrivals still speak Arabic or their tribal dialect. Nearly half of Sudanese immigrants do not yet speak English very well.

Areas of residence
Irving and Fort Worth, with small numbers dispersed across the metroplex.

Employment

Sudanese immigrants are employed in both professional positions and blue-collar jobs. The former work in management, professinal, service, sales and office positions. The latter are found in production, construction, transportation, and material moving occupations.

Religion
Sunni Muslim with a somewhat larger percentage of Christians who originated in southern Sudan.
Media

None

Contact for more information

Abdurrahaman Habani, 972-510-9162

DFW International Community Alliance board member

Hisham Awadelkariem, Sudan Association, 469-867-7800

Sudan Organizations in North Texas

North Texas Sudan Club
The Sudanese Community Society
The Sudanese Women Organization
The Sudanese Student Association
North Texas Sudanese Community Center

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