Politics of Demography: Nearly 41 Million Kurds

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By Dr. M. Koohzad: The occupiers of Kurdistan hide the Kurds statistically.



Correcting the Kurdish Population Case

To correct the Kurdish population case and determine more reasonable realistic statistics, a review of historical literature between 1921 and 2015 was carried out. A total of 70 sources were reviewed. The majority of them, 60 sources, contain numbers or percentages of the Kurdish population in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. The rest of them, 10 sources, were associated with the former mentioned ones. For example, it was possible to find more than one place with different information about Kurdish population sizes in the same book.

The findings of this literature from the last 94 years are presented in the following tables.Table 1 shows records of the highest, lowest, and more reasonable percentagesof Kurdish populations in the four countries that are currently occupying Kurdistan.Determining these percentages is the most important step in calculating the Kurdish populations, given in Table 2.



Table 2 displays the total population of the Kurds in four countries of their residence, in the Greater Kurdistan in the Middle East, and worldwide. Using percentages of Kurdish populations and the UN’s population projections, total Kurdish population figures for three time periods of 2015, 2020, and 2025 are calculated. The most accurate estimates of the Kurdish population for these three periods are 41 million, 43 million, and 46 million, respectively.





Conclusion

The occupiers of Kurdistan hide the Kurds statistically. It is almost impossible to find any accurately documented figures on the worldwide populations of the Kurds.
More accurate and unbiased estimates of the total Kurdish populations are not easy tofind. The online sources are mostly underestimations, undocumented, rough, and wrong.
The purpose of this research paper was to find a more reasonable and more accuratetotal for the worldwide Kurdish population. By doing a lengthy review of 70 sources, it was found that this total has already reached 41 million in 2015. In order to have a sound policy towards the Kurds, and deal with their demand for independence, this figure, reflecting the new reality, must be applied.


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Please see the attached list of original sources, 1921-2015


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