Tajik, Afghan in Sweden


Population
26,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Tajiks of Central Asia are the oldest surviving people group in that region. The Tajik have repeatedly been invaded and conquered throughout their history. The armies of Alexander the Great, the Arabs, Genghis Khan, the Turks, the British, and the Russian empire have all had a profound impact on these people. In fact, the numerous invasions have been the major factor in the dispersion of the Tajik to other locations.

After the USSR dissolved in the 1990s, Muslim Tajiks fled their homeland of Tajikistan when the country was in transition. Many were well-educated and participated in public service and business. They swam or took precarious little boats across the Amu Darya River to Afghanistan, which was already ravaged by war. Since then, the Tajiks have realized that Afghanistan cannot be their new home, and now many of them are on the move again. Neighboring Pakistan and Iran are in no position to accept refugees, and these countries are deporting those who make it across their borders. Now many Tajiks are making the perilous journey across Iran, Turkey, and the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, and eventually to Sweden. One Afghan president said that these migrants believe that the streets of Europe are "paved with gold."


Where Are they Located?

Sweden often relocates asylum seekers to rural areas where there is more vacant land. Afghans, both Pashtun and Tajik, are among those people sent to northern Sweden to live in small factory towns where there is vacant housing.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It often turns out well for Tajik refugees to be among friendly, rural people who have more time for them. This kind of environment fits them better than the impersonal environment of Sweden's southern cities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nestorian missionaries first brought Christianity to the Tajiks during the 12th century. Today, Tajiks are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite branch, although there are some Shi'ites. About one-tenth of the people are classified as non-religious. This has probably been a result of Russian atheistic pressure from when they were part of the USSR.

Tajiks tend to be spiritual people and are often open to at least a discussion of spiritual things. They understand the concept of sacrifice, which could be a redemptive analogy to the Lamb of God dying on the cross. However, almost all remain closed to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

Tajik refugees need a safe place to raise their families, get education for their children, and find employment. They also need to be able to hear that Jesus Christ came to earth to save sinners.


Prayer Points

* Pray for these Sunni Muslims to meet followers of Christ in Sweden who can share the good news of a future city paved with gold, a heaven which can be their permanent home, a home where they will live in the presence of the loving Lord Jesus.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give vision for outreach and a genuine burden for the Tajiks to believers in Sweden.
* Pray that God will call out prayer teams to begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Tajiks that will spread into other countries in Europe.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/tajiks-and-pashtuns-in-sweden/
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/the-quiet-tajik-refugee-crisis/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14372/SW
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/02/asylum-seekers-in-sweden-in-pictures
http://news.tj/en/news/three-tajik-democrats-seek-political-asylum-sweden
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/opinion/the-next-refugee-crisis-afghanistan.html?ref=world&_r=0
http://tajikam.com/forums/index.php?/topic/642-tajik-wins-local-competition-in-sweden/
http://www.academia.edu/9389288/Co-opting_the_Prophet_The_Politics_of_Kurdish_and_Tajik_Claims_to_Zarathushtra_and_Zoroastrianism


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-04-21
People Name General Tajik, Afghan
People Name in Country Tajik, Afghan
Population in Sweden 26,000
World Population 8,666,600
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Fars, Irani, Persian
People ID 14372
ROP3 Code 107989
Country Sweden
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Dari (26,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: prs   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Dari (26,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: prs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Dari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1974)
New Testament Yes   (1982-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (2008)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dari
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Today's Dari Version
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Chuck Holton   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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