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Iranian Kuwaitis or Persian Kuwaitis (locally referred to as Ajam, or 'Ayam') are part of the continuous and rapid rise in Iranian immigration to the Arabian Peninsula. It is important to note that most of these ethnic Kuwaitis of Iranian-origin are not recent immigrants, but have lived in Kuwait for many generations. Estimates claim that the ethnic Iranians who hold Kuwaiti citizenship alone are 30-40% of the Kuwaiti populace. Iranian Kuwaitis mostly come from the Iranian Provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, Lorestan and Baluchistan.

Today, Kuwait claims to have the highest percentage of citizens of Iranian origin in the Arabian Peninsula. The Iranian Kuwaiti community has produced a sizeable number of well-known individuals, notable in many fields, including business, history, and the country's economic development (in general). Nowadays, they live predominantly in Al Rumaithiya, Mushrif, and Salwa.

Iranian Kuwaitis are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, the predominant being Lurs (Who are part of a Persian sub-group) and a locally self-identified group called Tarakma, followed by a sizable ethnic Persian and Balochi community.

Monuments vestige to these groups of people can be found in Kuwait, such as the Marafi Hussainia in the capital of Kuwait — that was built as a worship place for Shi'a Muslims. The building was founded by descendents of an Iranian merchant better known as Marafi Behbahani; it is claimed that he was one of the first Iranian immigrants to settle in...
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