Eritrean Tigre in United Kingdom

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

There are Eritreans of Tigre origins living in the U.K. They are the second largest Eritrean people group after the Tigrinya. They are mainly Muslims and in Eritrea are mainly nomads. They speak in the Tigre language and can speak in English in the U.K. also.

The Eritreans are one of the smaller immigrant groups from Africa living in the U.K. Eritreans first came here in the early 1960s when the Eritreans went to war with Ethiopia regarding Eritrean independence. In the late 1980s and early 1990s more Eritrean immigrants came to the U.K. just before Eritrea got its independence from Ethiopia. Others came after independence because the economy was failing. They live mainly in London but also in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Leeds.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are many Eritrean cafes as well as restaurants in London. They serve traditional food such as zigini which is a special stew. Coffee is also special to them, and they prepare it with a ceremony that lasts about an hour. There is an Eritrean and Tigre Welfare Association in London who help Tigre Eritreans in many areas.
At least nine languages are spoken in Eritrea and there is one used specifically for matters of religion.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Eritrean Tigreans are almost all Muslim. They have pre-Islamic beliefs that they practice as well.

What Are Their Needs?

Eritrean Tigreans need someone to tell them about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Who will go to them in the U.K, where there is freedom of religion?

Prayer Points

Pray that the problems in Eritrea will cause the Tigre to give their lives to Jesus Christ and that Eritrean Christians in the U.K. will share the gospel with others in the UK.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will overcome apathy and conformity.

Scripture Prayers for the Tigre, Eritrean in United Kingdom.

References in_the_united_kingdom

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tigre, Eritrean
People Name in Country Tigre, Eritrean
Natural Name Eritrean Tigre
Pronunciation air-ih-TRAY-un ti-GRAY
Alternate Names Beni Amer; Eritrean; Khasa; Tigre Xasa; Xasa
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 1,030,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15482
ROP3 Code 110051
ROP25 Code 308158
ROP25 Name Tigre
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
Map of Tigre, Eritrean in United Kingdom
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
94.90 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Tigre (15,000 speakers)
Language Code tig   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tigre (15,000 speakers)
Language Code tig   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tigre

Primary Language:  Tigre

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1889-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1902-1931)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1988)
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tigre Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Rod Waddington - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: Joshua Project. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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