There is a movement afoot in Iraq to establish a province in the Ninevah plains, which would give some autonomy to the Iraqi Christians who live there. Christians in that region make up about 40 percent of the population in the proposed province. Some Christians are skeptical. One former member of the Kurdistan Parliament thinks it is a political ploy to get votes in the upcoming Iraq elections. Sunnis also have their eye on the region, hoping to establish an autonomous province that would protect them from strife with the dominant Shiites. According to the Chaldean Church, six Christian families leave Iraq every day because of the violence and slim job prospects (Rudaw, January 24).