The majority of Chaldean Americans left their homeland for economic and religious reasons.
Telkaif in the early 1900s was a poor, non-industrialized village.
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.
It also had an established Middle Eastern community during this period, consisting primarily of Christian immigrants from Lebanon.
In 1943 community sources listed 908 Chaldeans in the Detroit area; by 1963, this number had tripled, to about 3,000 persons.
Many left the town for nearby cities such as Mosul, Baghdad, Basra, or Beirut.
Only later did some of them decide to migrate to the United States, or simply to North America.Chaldean Americans are a highly religious people proud of their Christian heritage.According to legend, they were converted to Christianity by the Apostle Thomas on one of his missionary journeys to the East. Addai, an associate of Thomas, is revered as a Chaldean patron.) In the third century, they were followers of Nestorius, a patriarch of Constantinople who was declared a heretic by the Roman Church for teaching that Jesus Christ was not concurrently God and man.At the time the earliest settlers came, the United States had not yet introduced restriction on immigration, making entry relatively easy.Migration at that time was largely a male phenomenon; women and children generally stayed behind until their husbands, fathers, and brothers became established.This division between the followers of Nestorius in the East and the Roman Church lasted until 1445, when some Chaldeans were received into the Roman Church by Pope Eugenius IV.