Turk in Canada

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Introduction / History

Turkey is considered to be a "link" between the Orient (Chinese and Mongol peoples) and the Occidental (Anglo-Saxons, Slavs, Goths, and Latins – what we know as the West). The Turks, therefore, have a knowledge of both Eastern and Western cultures, and the two mix in their own ways of life. Turkey is a nation that came out of the Ottoman Empire that lasted 600 years. Turks are proud of their history and their culture that many consider to be more advanced than that of the Arab empires. Still, many Turks have moved outside of Turkey to earn a better living. Where Are They Located?The majority of Turks live in their home country, but significant numbers live elsewhere. Several million Turks live in Germany alone, as either guest workers or German citizens. Many more live throughout Europe and North America. In Canada, the majority of Turks have migrated to Toronto and Montreal, though Turkish communities have sprung up in other large cities as well, and growth continues.

Where Are they Located?

The first Turkish immigrants to Canada are recorded in the 1800s, and today a great many Canadians can claim either full or partial Turkish ancestry. From 1945 to 1960, the Turkish government supported a program of education abroad which boosted immigration and travel. The Turkish-Canadian community is still influenced to this day by engineers and doctors trained during that era. Outside of educational and economic opportunities, some Turks have migrated to escape political unrest during troubled times. No matter what changes Turkish migrants experience, they will always practice hospitality. They have their own networks for social and community needs, employment, and marriage opportunities.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though the Turks change their country of residence, they bring with them much of their culture including their commitment to Islamic worship at a mosque and celebration of Muslim festivals. Those who are religious and those who are secular are both committed to one degree or another to Islam as a religious system. Mosques are becoming a more common sight in Canadian cities, providing services as educational and social centers as well as a place for Islamic religious practices.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Turkish people in Canada are nominally Muslim. They need to see past their inherited religious customs, and their empty life pursuits of enjoyment and fulfillment. They need to see the emptiness of alcohol, drugs, and immoral sexual relationships, and have their hearts touched so that they will begin to long for something more.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Turk in Canada.

* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Turks until they have a movement to Christ in Canada. * Ask God to give Turkish believers boldness to share the gospel with their own people. * Ask the Lord to save key leaders among Turks in Canada who can open the door for others to experience salvation in Christ. Pray that Christ followers in Canada will build solid community with their Turkish neighbors, opening their homes in hospitality, and sharing the love of the God who washes feet and invites all to come in and dine with Him.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-05-17
Turks profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Pronunciation terk
Population this Country 65,000
Population all Countries 63,833,000
Total Countries 68
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Anatolian; Baharlu Turk; Masakhastian; Meskhetian Turk; Osmanli; Ottomon Turk; Rumelian Turk; Urum; तुर्क
People ID 18274
ROP3 Code 113818
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto, Montreal   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto, Montreal.   Source:  Global Gates 2021

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Primary Language Turkish (65,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Turkish (65,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Turkish

Primary Language:  Turkish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1782-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 2 - Jesus' Baptism
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.50 %
0.50 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source Garry Knight  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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