Thai in United Kingdom

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in Central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then.

Where Are they Located?

There are Thai communities in the British cities of London, Bath and Manchester.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Thai people in the UK come to attend the fine universities and stay. For that reason, there are well-educated ethnic Thais in the UK. The UK is interested in allowing Thai people to enter who have skills in medicine, accounting, software engineering, and architecture. However, many Thai people there are in the service industries, especially restaurants and the motel industry. There is a higher percentage of women to men largely because some go there to marry British men. This has led to some negative stereotypes which Thai women are trying to address. Others, unfortunately, are trafficked into the UK as prostitutes; most UK brothels include Thai women. The Thai people in the UK are trying to maintain their culture, which is always difficult as they enter the second generation. Even their young enjoy Thai cultural events, which allow them time to be Thai and not try to fit in with another culture and language for a while.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Thai maintain their own Buddhist temples in the UK.

What Are Their Needs?

The Thai Buddhists in the UK need to hear what Jesus Christ has to offer them. In many cases they have been there long enough that the window of opportunity is over.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thai in United Kingdom.

* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.*Pray for a strong desire for spiritual truth among Thai Buddhists in the UK that will lead to a movement to Christ.* Pray for workers to go to them bearing Christ and His kingdom.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation tie
Population this Country 54,000
Population all Countries 23,632,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Thai (54,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (54,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
99.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Deepak Meena - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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