South Asian in Germany


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In the 1950s and 1960s only a few South Asians came to Germany. At first a few thousand young men came from India and Pakistan to find work or for college education. They chose Germany because it was well off financially, good for education, not a colonial power, and Germany had good relations with India.

They were not in unskilled work for long. Most of them gained a good education leading to much better jobs.

The South Asians were scattered in Germany with no large communities, and they had a lot of contact with Germans. Many married German women. Other South Asian men married in their own countries and brought South Asian wives to Germany. Most of their children attend universities, helping them to maintain the middle class status of their parents.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, thousands of young Christian women from the Indian state of Kerala came to work in hospitals as qualified or trainee nurses. Shortly a Malayali (people from Kerala) community. After living for some time in Germany, most had arranged marriages in India or married one of the other Malayali immigrants to Germany. Malayali speaking families began to form. Unlike other South Asian peoples in Germany, most young Malayalis have lived in an Indian community with their own societies and are going to Malayali schools. Their parents want their children to have professional standing; careers in medical work are their favorite.

There are other South Asians in Germany including Sikh asylum seekers from the Punjab, Ahmadi (Muslim sect) asylum seekers from Pakistan and Tamils seeking asylum from Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Germany’s South Asian populations maintain a middle class status. Their children continue to attend universities.

Though the South Asians in Germany come from various backgrounds and languages, those from Kerala are dominant.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Germany’s South Asians can be Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Hindu. A slight majority are Hindu. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the high caste Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus, even those in Germany, participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

These people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen South Asian communities in Germany.

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the South Asians in Germany.

Pray for the South Asian people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.

Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the South Asian people to change their society from within.

Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Germany.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Population this Country 196,000
Population all Countries 12,348,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
German, Standard Sinhala Urdu
Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  German, Standard
  Sinhala
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
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 A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
20.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
50.00 %
Islam
23.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
4.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more