Bengali-speaking South Asian in Canada

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Ethnic Bengalis are the original inhabitants of the Bengal region which straddles Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state in India. Bengali is their language, and it is one of the largest in the world. While the vast majority of Bengalis live in Bangladesh and northeast India, some have migrated to other countries such as Canada. In general, the Bengalis are a proud people, highly ambitious, and always striving for excellence. They have always been noted for their cultural achievements, especially in the area of literature.

Where Are they Located?

Many moved to Canada in the early 1970s when Bangladesh became a sovereign state. Distinct Bengal communities formed in Toronto and London, Ontario. Those who were able to go to Canada were often either students or people with valuable professional skills such as in business.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Bengalis have strong family ties. At first, they maintained their culture by speaking Bengali at home and bringing spouses from the old country. In spite of their efforts, second-generation Canadian Bengalis have assimilated into Canadian culture. A new generation of Bengalis has been born in Canada, one that questions the traditional values of their parents. Bangladeshi girls are rebelling against tight constraints and arranged marriages. Some band together in the Bangladesh Association to strengthen ethnic solidarity through cultural and religious events, while others rarely attend these events. Some Bangladeshis are concerned about the drug addiction and sexual promiscuity around them, and they often turn to Islam for answers. They may be open to Christ if they see true believers living out their faith and presenting the gospel in a loving manner. The Canadian government gives preferential treatment to those with valuable skills. For that reason, they often allow immigrants with professional skills in engineering, accounting, teaching or medicine. Many own businesses like grocery stores and restaurants where they serve delicious Bengali dishes. Others have skilled blue-collar jobs in plumbing or welding.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Bengalis in Canada are Sunni Muslims, while the rest are Hindu. These two religious communities rarely mix. Be they Muslim or Hindu, they have varying degrees of dedication to their religious beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

Like all peoples of the world, Bengalis in Canada need to put their hope and their identity in the person of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Canada.

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bengalis in Canada towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel. Ask the Lord to raise up strong Bengali churches that will reproduce themselves, spreading the fragrance of Christ in their community. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go!

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-31
People Name General South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Natural Name Bengali-speaking South Asian
Population this Country 74,000
Population all Countries 1,901,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangla-Bhasa; Bengali, Muslims; Hindu; साउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
People ID 10790
ROP3 Code 101254
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Bengali (74,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (74,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
4.40 %
94.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
20.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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