South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Italy

South Asian, Bengali-speaking
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People Name: South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Country: Italy
10/40 Window: No
Population: 93,000
World Population: 1,913,700
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 4.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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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 Italy. 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?

The Bengalis who live in Italy are usually in the regions of Lazio, Lombardy and Veneto. They are concentrated in the cities of Rome, Venice and Milan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The first Bangladeshis began to arrive in Italy in the late 1980s and 1990s. Their population increased dramatically since that time; today they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Italy. Bangladeshis often work in Italy's service industry where they earn low wages. They have a high unemployment rate. To make matters worse they are vulnerable to attacks by neo fascists. Despite this threat, the Bangladeshis stay in Italy knowing that a return home will only lead to unemployment and a higher level of economic destitution.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Bengalis in Italy are Sunni Muslims. They have varying degrees of dedication to their religious beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bangladeshis in Italy need economic opportunities that will help them to flourish in their new homeland.

Prayer Points

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bengalis in Italy towards Christian believers 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 and beyond. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to the South Asians in Italy. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Bengalis in Europe.

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