Arab, Northern Yemeni in Canada

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Introduction / History

Most information about Arabs in Canada is general; it seldom distinguishes those from Yemen from those from other Arabic speaking nations. Because Arabs have often been allowed into Canada as war refugees, there are many Yemeni Arabs who can come as refugees.

Where Are they Located?

Most Arabs in Canada live either in Ontario or Quebec. Within these two provinces, the Arabs live in the cities of Toronto or Montreal. North Yemeni Arabs do not tend to have their own separate settlements within these cities.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Arabs in Canada are twice as likely as Canadian natives to have a college degree. Yet there is a higher unemployment rate for people of Arab descent. Arabs in Canada tend to have lower incomes than the Canadian locals. On the positive side, Arabs in Canada tend to have a strong identity with their new nation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A good percentage of Arabs who flee the Arabic-speaking countries are Christians. But in Yemen, there are almost no Christians. Almost all Yemeni Arabs are Muslims, though they tend to blend their Islam with other beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

Unlike Yemen where embracing Christ carries a heavy penalty, there is religious freedom in Canada. Believers can share their love for the Savior with these Muslims who have been taught that the Qur'an and the Hadith hold life's spiritual answers. Believers can help Yemenis with language and job skills. In the process, they have the chance to tell them about the spiritual answers that come from Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to raise up people who will faithfully share the ways of Jesus with North Yemenis in Canada in a discreet, loving manner.
* Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will give North Yemenis a willingness to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, depending on Him alone for salvation.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among North Yemenis in Canada that will spread to Yemen.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Arab, Northern Yemeni
People Name in Country Arab, Northern Yemeni
Population in Canada 1,600
World Population 11,820,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Northern Yemeni Arab, Sanaani
People ID 14715
ROP3 Code 108627

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Arabic, Sanaani Spoken (1,600 speakers)
Language Code ayn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sanaani Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Sanaani Spoken (1,600 speakers)
Language Code ayn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sanaani Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Sanaani Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
99.60 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Richard Messenger  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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