Are you a United States citizen who currently lives in Iraq? Will you be moving to this country in the near future?
If you answered yes to either question, it goes without saying that you have many concerns. From your safety to learning the culture, there will always be something on your mind.
For many, however, there’s an even more important detail to consider: should you bring your kids to Iraq?
Although you may have initially left your children behind, it’s now time to figure out your next move.
Here are five questions you need to answer as you attempt to decide if you should bring your kids to live with you in Iraq:
1. Do you have a safe place to live?
There is nothing more important than this, as the crime rate in Iraq is extremely high, especially when compared to the United States.
Baghdad, for instance, is a critical-threat location for crime directed at official United States government interests. This alone shows just how dangerous it can be for Americans to live here.
If you’re moving your kids to Iraq, you should first consider where you will live and whether or not it is safe.
2. Where will they go to school?
Just because you move your kids to Iraq doesn’t mean you can pull them out of school. You need to learn more about the educational opportunities in the country, despite the fact that they’re not likely to receive the same quality education as they would in the US.
Since Iraqi education is controlled by the government, with the help of the Iraqi Ministry of Education, you need to understand what’s available to your children, based on where you live and their age.
3. Will you have any help?
This is an important question to address, because Iraq is not a country in which you want your children to be without parental supervision too often.
Help can come in many forms, most commonly a spouse, other family member, or friend.
This is a question to answer well in advance of making this decision, as to avoid a situation in which you’re left with no assistance once your children arrive in the country.
4. How will your financial situation be impacted by moving your children to Iraq?
This depends largely on where you live, how much money you are earning, and the type of life you want to provide your children.
The cost of living in Iraq is similar to the United States in regards to the cost of goods, however, you may find it more difficult to locate the items that you want to purchase.
For example, a meal at a casual dining restaurant for a single person will set you back $5 to $10. This is in line with the United States, but you must remember that it will be more difficult to find restaurants that suit your standards.
Note: you will not use United States Dollars in Iraq. Learn more about the Iraqi Dinar to ensure that you understand the conversion rate and how much money you’ll need to support your family.
5. What are you going to do for medical care?
As a healthy adult, you may not think much about your health. While something could go wrong, you feel that you’re mature enough to deal with anything that comes your way.
When caring for a child, you can’t take the same approach. You shouldn’t move your children to Iraq until you first have a solid grasp of where you will turn for medical care and how you will pay for services.
With more than 200 hospitals, as well as thousands of primary health centers, there are places to receive high quality medical care in Iraq.
Just the same as anything in this country, where you turn for medical treatment will depend largely on where you live.
When choosing a home, take this into consideration. You should keep proximity to high quality healthcare in mind as you search for a home.
Many years of war has taken its toll on the Iraqi healthcare system. Make sure you think about this before moving your children to the country.
Whether or not you move your kids to Iraq is a personal decision.
By answering the questions above and focusing on other important details, you’ll be in position to make a confident decision.
What are your thoughts on moving your kids to Iraq? Do you know anyone who has done this in the past?