Country: Syria

Number of People Groups

38

People Groups Unreached

19 (50.0%)

Total Population

16,829,000

Population in Unreached

5,234,000 (31.1%)

% Professing Christian

6.0%

% Evangelical

0.16 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

86 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Abkhaz 5,300 294,000 Abkhaz Islam 4.00 % 1.00 %
 Adyghe 25,000 646,000 Adyghe Islam 0.40 % 0.10 %
 Alawite 1,361,000 2,033,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.02 % 0.02 %
 Americans, U.S. 1,500 188,896,000 English Christianity 79.00 % 28.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 70,000 60,820,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 15.00 % 4.00 %
 Arab, Jordanian 33,000 1,410,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 %
 Arab, Lebanese 82,000 11,261,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Najdi Bedouin 1,208,000 15,814,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Arab, North Iraqi 49,000 8,957,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.70 % 0.20 %
 Arab, Palestinian 473,000 11,737,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Syrian 11,101,000 15,493,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
Aramaic, West 17,000 54,000 Western Neo-Aramaic Islam 40.00 % 0.10 %
 Armenian 59,000 6,321,000 Armenian Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 %
 Assyrian, Suret 163,000 658,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 92.00 % 1.00 %
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 32,000 18,792,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.10 % 0.09 %
 Bedouin, Levantine 70,000 1,256,000 Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.00 %
 British 1,700 51,653,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 %
 Bulgarian 1,700 7,171,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 %
 Chaldean, Neo-Aramaic 5,400 206,000 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 %
 Chechen 4,400 1,704,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
 Druze 386,000 772,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Other / Small 0.36 % 0.36 %
 French 9,800 49,462,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 %
 German 1,600 64,480,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.00 %
 Greek 4,900 10,778,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Gypsy, Domari, Zott 33,000 3,257,000 Domari Islam 5.00 % 1.00 %
 Jew, Syrian Unknown 1,900 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kabardian 34,000 1,856,000 Kabardian Islam 0.05 % 0.00 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 1,352,000 14,808,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.13 % 0.04 %
Ossetic 49,000 587,000 Ossetic Islam 30.00 % 0.10 %
 Persian 47,000 40,090,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Portuguese 800 17,271,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
 Russian 2,900 134,008,000 Russian Christianity 66.00 % 1.00 %
 Spaniard 900 28,636,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 23,000 115,000 Turoyo Christianity 100.00 % 0.80 %
 Turk 2,700 59,170,000 Turkish Islam 0.10 % 0.00 %
 Turkmen, Turkoman 107,000 7,707,000 Turkmen Islam 2.00 % 0.00 %
 Yazidi 11,000 689,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  38 16,829,000       19   5.97 % 0.16 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 1,735,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 18,564,000              
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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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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 38
Unreached People Groups 19  (50.0%)
Population 16,829,000
Population in Unreached 5,234,000  (31.1%)
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 2,356,000
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 6.0%
Percent Evangelical 0.2%
Country Progress Level 2
Persecution Ranking 5 (1=High to 50=Low OD)


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