Chaldeans also fled their homeland to escape religious persecution from the Muslim majority in the Middle East.The combination of religious freedom, an established Lebanese Moronite community, and economic opportunity made the United States, particularly metropolitan Detroit, inviting.In this process, members of a community who have already established themselves in a new location assist relatives and friends left behind to migrate as well.
Hence, the Pope chose "Chaldean" as the name for the new Catholic rite.
Over 95 percent of Chaldeans in the Detroit community can trace their origin to a single town, Telkaif, which is one of several Christian towns in the northern Iraqi province of Mosul, near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh.
This type of assistance became especially important in the 1920s, after the passage of U. These quotas reinforced the chain migration process by giving preference to the families of persons already in America, under the assumption that such persons would have assistance in the United States and were less likely to become indigent and require public assistance.
Migration of all types largely ceased during World War II when travel became difficult.
Close relatives may even provide money for passage.
In a typical chain, a man migrates first; later he sends home for his wife and children, or if he is not married, he may return to find a bride.Chaldean Americans are descendants of people from the northern Tigris-Euphrates Valley, presently located in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq.The majority of Chaldean Americans live in Detroit, Michigan, although there are also Chaldean Americans in Chicago, Illinois; El Cajon, San Jose, and Turlock, California; and Oaxaca, Mexico. According to statistical projections from previous data on the Chaldean American community, however, it is estimated that Chaldeans in the Detroit metropolitan area may number as many as 70,000 to 80,000; in California they are projected at 2,000 to 3,000 persons.It is difficult to determine the exact number of Chaldeans in the United States because they are not represented as such in the U. Although Chaldean Americans constitute the bulk of Iraqi immigrants living in the United States, they represent less than 10 percent of the population of Iraq.While the vast majority of Iraqis, like residents of other Arabic nations, are Muslim, Chaldeans are Roman Catholic, and practice one of the 18 to 20 separate rites of the Catholic Church.At the time the earliest settlers came, the United States had not yet introduced restriction on immigration, making entry relatively easy.