Erbil

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Mathias Döringer

"Iraqi bureaucracy is very different to what I know from Europe. Sharing experiences with fellow expats helped me to overcome many obstacles."

Isabella Martinez

"As you can imagine, expat living in Baghdad is difficult at times. The InterNations community helped me a lot to cope with the daily challenges!"

Get to Know Our Expat Community in Erbil!

A warm welcome to our vibrant expat community in Erbil! InterNations is the world's largest network for expats, covering more than 390 communities with members from all around the world. Our aim is to help you relocate, from leaving your current home and navigating the necessary paperwork to establishing yourself in the Erbil Community and enjoying a good quality of life. Our members already living in Erbil can give you helpful advice on integrating smoothly into the local way of life and can answer any queries you may have on any aspect of your new home.

Join Our Exciting Events in Erbil

Attend our monthly events and activities for Erbil expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Erbil Expat Guides

  • Moving to Erbil

    Although many might find the thought of moving to Iraq daunting, Erbil is a vibrant, historical city with friendly locals and a strong expat community. So, once you’ve worked out the practicalities and taken the plunge you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by Erbil. Check out more information about the city, the climate, and the visas in the InterNations Expat Guide!
  • Living in Erbil

    Erbil, also known by its Kurdish name, Hawler, is the largest and fastest growing Kurdish city, with a modern twinge that surprises many foreigners. With shopping malls, highrisers, and swanky hotels everywhere, Erbil is far from what you would expect of an Iraqi city. Old and new coexist side-by-side in a city where a few minutes’ walk can take you from your five-star hotel to a bustling street bazaar. Read more information in the InterNations Expat Guide!
  • Working in Erbil

    The strong presence of government security in the region has led many overseas businesses to use Erbil as their Iraqi base. A secure city with several booming industries and a majority youth population, Erbil is alive with opportunity and ambition. Find more information about working in Erbil in the InterNations Expat Guide!

Exchange Tips about living in Erbil

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Erbil expat forums.

Find Out More about Erbil and What It Offers for Expats

Erbil is a rapidly growing, modern city which has a diverse selection of shopping malls, luxury hotels, quality restaurants, and new apartments. There is something for everyone and in terms of quality of life and home comforts — such as enjoying interesting locations, material goods, and access to everything you need, depending on your own budget and needs — there are no problems. It's possible to live your life solely in the expat community, or seamlessly merge into the local lifestyle, or anything in between. Erbil has a strong economy and is home to a large number of local, regional, and international companies. Entertainment for expats includes gyms, dance, sports, yoga, walking groups, and an active café community. There are many cultural centers and Erbil also boasts a number of wonderful cinemas, hosting the International Film Festival. There are also many parks and people enjoy heading out for a trip to the mountains when the weather is pleasant. In terms of culture, Erbil dates back to at least 6,000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.

Grow Your Expat Network in Erbil with InterNations!

Our principles of trust, friendly and polite behavior, and open communication are followed by all in the InterNations community, ensuring interactions take place in a secure, safe environment. Our members can ask questions on any subject, whether it's general day-to-day life or queries about legislation such as work permits or children's education. You can also partake in various social events in the Erbil Community, or join groups based on your own interests and hobbies, meeting other members face-to-face and socializing. Find out all about life in Iraq by linking with other expats around the region.

Mathias Döringer

"Iraqi bureaucracy is very different to what I know from Europe. Sharing experiences with fellow expats helped me to overcome many obstacles."

Isabella Martinez

"As you can imagine, expat living in Baghdad is difficult at times. The InterNations community helped me a lot to cope with the daily challenges!"

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