Country: Syria

Number of People Groups

38

People Groups Unreached

19 (50.0%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

17,140,000

Population in Unreached

5,331,000 (31.1%)

Literacy Rate

86 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

6.0%

% Evangelical

0.16%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Abkhaz 5,400 304,000 Abkhaz Islam 4.00 % 1.00 %
 Adyghe 26,000 653,000 Adyghe Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Alawite 1,386,000 2,064,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.02 % 0.02 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,500 190,291,000 English Christianity 79.00 % 28.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 71,000 61,148,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Arab, Jordanian 33,000 1,431,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
 Arab, Lebanese 83,000 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, North Iraqi 50,000 9,100,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.70 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Palestinian 482,000 11,940,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 1,230,000 16,225,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Arab, Syrian 11,306,000 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
Aramaic, West 17,000 54,000 Western Neo-Aramaic Islam 40.00 % 0.10 %
 Armenian 60,000 6,289,000 Armenian Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 %
 Assyrian, Suret 166,000 668,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 92.00 % 1.00 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 32,000 18,992,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.10 % 0.09 %
 Bedouin, Levantine 72,000 1,280,000 Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 British 1,700 51,834,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 %
 Bulgarian 1,700 7,101,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 %
 Chaldean 5,500 210,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
 Chechen 4,500 1,696,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
 Druze 393,000 795,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Other / Small 0.36 % 0.36 %
 French 10,000 49,762,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 %
 German 1,700 64,238,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.00 %
 Greek 5,000 10,713,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Jew, Syrian 100 1,900 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kabardian 35,000 1,870,000 Kabardian Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 1,377,000 15,021,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.13 % 0.04 %
Ossetic 50,000 568,000 Ossetic Islam 30.00 % 0.10 %
 Persian 48,000 40,627,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Portuguese 800 17,301,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
 Romani, Domari 33,000 3,340,000 Domari Islam 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Russian 3,000 133,967,000 Russian Christianity 66.00 % 1.00 %
 Spaniard 900 28,653,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 23,000 146,000 Turoyo Christianity 100.00 % 0.80 %
 Turk 2,700 59,475,000 Turkish Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen 109,000 7,826,000 Turkmen Islam 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Yazidi 11,000 701,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  38 17,140,000       19   5.97 % 0.16 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 1,767,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 18,907,000              
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Abkhaz abk 1 1 NT
Adyghe ady 1 1 NT
Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken avl 1 1
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 NT
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 1 1 Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 6 4 Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 2 2 Portions
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete
Bulgarian bul 1 0 Complete
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic cld 1 0 NT
Chechen che 1 1 Complete
Domari rmt 1 1
English eng 2 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete
Greek ell 1 0 Complete
Kabardian kbd 1 1 NT
Kurdish, Northern kmr 1 1 Complete
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete
Russian rus 1 0 Complete
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete
Turkmen tuk 1 1 NT
Turoyo tru 1 0 NT
Unknown xxx 1 0
Western Neo-Aramaic amw 1 0
Totals: 31 38 19   13 17 24 27 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.2 %)
6.0 %
Ethnic Religions
0.1 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
90.1 %
Non-Religious
1.6 %
Other / Small Religions
2.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.9 %
Orthodox
54.0 %
Other Christian
3.5 %
Protestant
3.8 %
Roman Catholic
36.4 %
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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  • Church planting agencies in Syria
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  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Syria Statistics
People Groups 38
Unreached People Groups 19  (50.0%)
Population 17,140,000
Population in Unreached 5,331,000  (31.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 116 to 146
Urbanization 57%
Continent Asia
Region Middle East and North Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code SY
Official National Language Arabic, Standard
Secondary National Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Literacy Rate 86%
Estimated Illiterate Population 2,400,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 6.0%
Percent Evangelical 0.2%
Country Progress Level 2
Persecution Ranking 6 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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