Country: Syria

Number of People Groups

36

People Groups Unreached

17 (47.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

16,871,000

Population in Unreached

5,358,000 (31.8%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

5.7%

% Evangelical

0.19%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.2%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Abkhaz 4,800 304,000 Abkhaz Islam 4.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Adyghe 23,000 679,000 Adyghe Islam 0.40 % 0.10 % 1
 Alawite 1,230,000 1,942,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % 25
 Americans, U.S. 1,300 191,659,000 English Christianity 79.00 % 28.00 % -
 Arab, Egyptian 63,000 64,573,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 15.00 % 4.00 % -
 Arab, Jordanian 30,000 4,381,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Arab, Lebanese 74,000 8,993,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Arab, North Iraqi 44,000 9,591,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.70 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Palestinian 428,000 11,080,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 % 9
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 1,224,000 5,580,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 24
 Arab, Syrian 10,897,000 15,765,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.16 % -
Aramaic, West 15,000 56,000 Western Neo-Aramaic Islam 40.00 % 0.10 % -
 Armenian 54,000 6,562,000 Armenian Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian, Suret 147,000 721,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 92.00 % 1.00 % -
 Bedouin, Levantine 64,000 1,329,000 Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 1
 British 1,500 53,604,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Bulgarian 1,500 6,837,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 % -
 Chaldean 4,900 123,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 % -
 Chechen 4,000 1,721,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Deaf 170,000 46,968,000 Language unknown Islam 6.34 % -
 Druze 533,000 976,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Other / Small 0.36 % 0.36 % 11
 French 8,900 50,163,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
 German 1,500 66,130,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.00 % -
 Greek 4,400 10,262,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Jew, Syrian Unknown 2,100 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kabardian 31,000 1,977,000 Kabardian Islam 0.05 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Kurmanji 1,383,000 15,411,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.13 % 0.06 % 28
 Ossetic 44,000 563,000 Ossetic Islam 30.00 % 0.10 % -
 Persian 42,000 41,266,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Portuguese 700 17,644,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 % -
 Romani, Domari 30,000 3,462,000 Domari Islam 5.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Russian 2,700 134,030,000 Russian Christianity 66.00 % 1.00 % -
 Spaniard 800 28,972,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 % -
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 21,000 147,000 Turoyo Christianity 100.00 % 0.80 % -
 Turkmen, Middle-Eastern 278,000 2,747,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 6
 Yazidi 9,800 710,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  36 16,871,000         17 5.72 % 0.19 % 114 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 199,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 17,070,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   16,871,000 36 17 47.2 % 5,358,000 31.8 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 1,714.0 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 4,468.8 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 1,190.9 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 689.3 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
16,871,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Abkhaz abk 1 1 New Testament
Adyghe ady 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken avl 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 6 4 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 2 2 Bible Portions
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Bulgarian bul 1 0 Complete Bible
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic cld 1 0 New Testament
Chechen che 1 1 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Kabardian kbd 1 1 New Testament
Kurdish, Northern kmr 1 1 Complete Bible
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Western Neo-Aramaic amw 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 29 36 17   14 16 24 25 13

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.2 %)
5.7 %
Ethnic Religions
0.1 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
89.4 %
Non-Religious
1.6 %
Other / Small Religions
3.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.9 %
Orthodox
52.5 %
Other Christian
3.2 %
Protestant
3.7 %
Roman Catholic
37.2 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Syria. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Syria
  • Christian ministry in Syria
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Syria Statistics
People Groups 36
Unreached People Groups 17  (47.2%)
Population 16,871,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.8%
Population in Unreached 5,358,000  (31.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 114
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 5.7%
Percent Evangelical 0.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.2%
Country Progress Level 2
Urbanization 54%
Continent Asia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code SY
Official Language(s) Arabic, StandardArabic, North Levantine Spoken
Literacy Rate 86%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,362,000
Persecution Ranking 11 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.