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|People Name:||South Asian, general|
|Christian Adherents:||4.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
Sri Lankans have become one of the biggest ethnic groups in Italy. Italy is no longer a temporary place for South Asians to live but has become a permanent residence. The easing of immigration restrictions and the Italian economy has encouraged many South Asians to live in Italy.
Large immigration to Italy from India has been more recent. Many Indians came to Italy in the early 1990s when the Italian government gave amnesty to illegal immigrants as they needed more workers.
Most Indians came from the Punjab and work in agriculture and on dairy farms. Some have become self-employed and have restaurants while others are in retail work to do with Italian tourism. About half of them live in agricultural regions particularly near Milan and Rome.
The Indians have usually been found to be hard working and have contributed well to the economy.
The Indians in Italy speak Hindi, Punjabi and Italian.
South Asian food is popular in restaurants in Bologna in Italy. Some South Asians have cricket teams and play cricket matches in the Bologna region.
Most Indians in Italy are Hindus or Sikhs. There are many Hindu temples, and the Sikhs have Gurdwaras.
What Are Their Needs?
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen South Asian communities in Italy.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the South Asians.
Pray for these people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed South Asian believers to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.