South Asian, general in Switzerland



Population

69,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Indians who are more financially well off come to Switzerland when they travel to Europe as "Bollywood" has made films here. Immigrants also have come to Switzerland from South Asia and it has one of the largest percentages of Indians and Pakistanis in Europe. The number of Tamils is yet larger.

The first to come to Switzerland were students and people wanting self-government in their countries. Most of the South Asians range from the 20 to about 40 years old. There is an increase in children below fourteen years old. The largest community is from Sri Lanka who are mainly Tamil Hindus.

The first group of Tamils came to Switzerland from 1983 to 1989 as the Sri Lankan civil war began. They have permanent residence and are not depending on state benefits any more. The larger group that came secondly, after 1989, have not been able to integrate as well financially as the first group and they do not have permanent residence.

It is said there are a few reasons that have caused Switzerland to be a main country for Tamils. Tamils have been known to migrate through the years. There were Tamil students in Europe who helped the new immigrants. Larger migration began with families paying travelling expenses for their oldest sons. When they got work in Switzerland they earned a lot more than in Sri Lanka and so helped their families too. Transnational networks began, used by families and friends later. Sri Lankan and European based agents helped them also. Switzerland offered them work permits and social help and this encouraged more migration to the country. Since then Switzerland is trying to have less Tamils.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the uncertainty of permanent residence could bring Tamils to look for God and to bring them to Jesus Christ.

References

www.urmila.de/english/europeindex.html


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Population in Switzerland 69,000
World Population 6,876,000
Countries 55
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
German, Swiss Hindi Sinhala Urdu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
German, Swiss Hindi
Sinhala Urdu
For Primary Language: Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1739-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1776-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-1982)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Sinhala Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
65.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
25.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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