Bengali-speaking South Asian in Italy

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Introduction / History

Ethnic Bengalis are the original inhabitants of the Bengal region which straddles Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state in India. Bengali is their language, and it is one of the largest in the world. While the vast majority of Bengalis live in Bangladesh and northeast India, some have migrated to other countries such as Italy. In general, the Bengalis are a proud people, highly ambitious, and always striving for excellence. They have always been noted for their cultural achievements, especially in the area of literature.

Where Are they Located?

The Bengalis who live in Italy are usually in the regions of Lazio, Lombardy and Veneto. They are concentrated in the cities of Rome, Venice and Milan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The first Bangladeshis began to arrive in Italy in the late 1980s and 1990s. Their population increased dramatically since that time; today they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Italy. Bangladeshis often work in Italy's service industry where they earn low wages. They have a high unemployment rate. To make matters worse they are vulnerable to attacks by neo fascists. Despite this threat, the Bangladeshis stay in Italy knowing that a return home will only lead to unemployment and a higher level of economic destitution.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Bengalis in Italy are Sunni Muslims. They have varying degrees of dedication to their religious beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bangladeshis in Italy need economic opportunities that will help them to flourish in their new homeland.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Italy.

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bengalis in Italy towards Christian believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel. Ask the Lord to raise up strong Bengali churches that will reproduce themselves, spreading the fragrance of Christ in their community and beyond. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to the South Asians in Italy. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Bengalis in Europe.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-04-10
People Name General South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Natural Name Bengali-speaking South Asian
Population this Country 93,000
Population all Countries 1,901,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bangla-Bhasa; Bengali, Muslims; Hindu; साउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
People ID 10790
ROP3 Code 101254
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Bengali (93,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (93,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
91.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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