While Chaldeans are believed to have immigrated to the United States as early as 1889, the first significant migration wave did not occur until around 1910, when Chaldeans began settling in metropolitan Detroit.At the time, Detroit was popular among a number of immigrant groups because of the growing automobile industry.
Telkaif in the early 1900s was a poor, non-industrialized village.Once members of the Telkaif community had settled in the area, they encouraged others from their homeland to join them.Thus began an immigration process, known as "chain migration," between Telkaif and Detroit, that continues to the present.An even greater number of Iraqi citizens immigrated to the United States due to changes in U. immigration laws during the mid-1960s, and growth in Detroit's Chaldean American community became even more dramatic, increasing to about 45,000 in 1986, and approximately 75,000 by 1992.(These figures are based on the statistical projections and estimates of Chaldean American community leaders.) This period also saw an increase in immigration to other parts of the country, particularly California.
As he and his wife become citizens, they arrange for the migration of their parents and siblings as well.