Tajik in Belgium


Population
5,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

There are two groups of Tajiks in Belgium. One group is from Tajikistan, a former Soviet Socialist Republic that gained their independence in 1991 with the downfall of the USSR. They began arriving in Belgium in the early 1990s. The other group is Tajiks who originated in northern Afghanistan, and they are trying to flee Taliban rule.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Afghan Tajiks are in Brussels or Antwerp. Recent arrivals are sometimes holed up in churches.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Tajiks from Tajikistan have been able to learn the local language and begin their new lives. Some are showing their artwork at the Tajik embassy to spur people on to having an interest in their art, culture, and history. The staff at the Tajik embassy hopes this will encourage tourism in Tajikistan.

The Tajiks who have fled Afghanistan are often stranded anywhere that will take them in as refugees. They are desperate to stay out of Afghanistan because of the murderous Taliban forces.

The Tajik language is closely related to Dari and Persian, both Central Asian languages. In Brussels, those who have lived there for any length of time usually learn French or Dutch.


What Are Their Beliefs?

At various times in their early history the Tajiks have been Zoroastrians and Buddhists. Tajiks are Sunni Muslims, but not good ones. During the 70 years they were under control of the atheistic Soviet Union, most had little contact with their Islamic roots. Secularism has followed the Tajiks into the post-Soviet era. Since they had a long history without Islam, they are not as dedicated to this religion as some other Muslims.

A minority of Tajiks are Shi'ite Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

Afghan Tajiks need to be taught marketable skills so they can contribute to the industrialized Belgian economy. Europe is saturated with people who can only do manual labor.

Tajiks in Belgium need someone to take the gospel of Jesus to them and disciple them in His ways.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to raise up believers who will spend years with the Afghan Tajiks and teach them marketable skills.
* Pray for believers to show them the way to follow Jesus.
* Some Afghan Tajiks have been given refuge in Belgian churches. Pray that believers will tell them about the Savior who is worshiped in these church buildings.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-26
People Name General Tajik
People Name in Country Tajik
Population in Belgium 5,000
World Population 8,881,800
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Tadzhik, Tadzhiki, ताजिक
People ID 15201
ROP3 Code 109733
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Tajiki (5,000 speakers)
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tajiki
Primary Language Tajiki (5,000 speakers)
Language Code tgk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tajiki

Primary Language:  Tajiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1983)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1992)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Tajiki
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Хушхабар
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
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 Anonymous 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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