Libyan Arab in United Kingdom

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Introduction / History

Since the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, there has been much violence in Libya from factions that want to take power in this oil-rich nation. The country seems to be dividing into at least two regions, Cyrene and Libya. Various militias threaten to eventually tear Libya into separate, smaller nations. Libyans have been trying to escape the violence to peaceful lands in Europe such as the UK.
Though many of the British disagree with one another regarding what their policy should be, they are becoming overwhelmed with refugees from volatile parts of the Arab world. This situation will make it difficult to get the Libyans jobs without jeopardizing British people who need work. The situation will also give British believers the chance to tell this important unreached people group about salvation by faith in the only savior.
Libyans in the UK usually live in urban centers, especially London and Manchester.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyan men in England enjoy soccer and talking over tea. Women and girls visit one another at home and enjoy family and religious celebrations, where they still remain separate from the men.
They have their own associations such as the Libyan Youth Association in Manchester. Libyans in the UK have contributed as writers, bankers, athletes and medical professionals.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenaic Jews carried the gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam replaced Christianity in 624 A.D. Libyan Arabs are almost entirely Sunni Muslim, but a small number are Christians. These Christians typically get asylum in the West where they won’t face persecution. There is freedom of religion in the UK, so the Libyans have a chance to hear about the Savior whom their North African ancestors once worshipped. Who will tell them about Jesus Christ?

What Are Their Needs?

The Libyans in the UK need to learn the English language and job skills that will be valuable in their new home.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Libyans arriving in the UK will not only find rest and comfort, but also a hope for the eternal future through the savior, Jesus Christ.
Pray for Libyans in the UK to learn of the Prince of Peace and spread his fame throughout England and Libya.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Libyans to flourish in the UK.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Libyan in United Kingdom.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arab
Pronunciation LI-bee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
Population this Country 25,000
Population all Countries 2,798,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948
ROP25 Code 300409
ROP25 Name Arab, Libyan
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 Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan (25,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan (25,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan
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