Turk in Poland

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Turks in Poland form one of the country's smaller minority groups. Many immigrated following Poland's entrance to the European Union. There are Bulgarian and Bosnian originated Turks who have immigrated to Poland as well. Poland provided a new opportunity for education abroad for many young Turks who sought their chances in the country.

Where Are they Located?

The majority of Turkish immigrants live in Warsaw or in the vicinity; but small communities of Turks are also reported in Poznań, Gdańsk and Łódź.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There is a gap concerning level of education of Turks in Poland. Turks who have immigrated to Poland and are dealing with the textile or food industries are mainly secondary or primary school graduates. White collar or "expats" are university graduates with a good command of English and other foreign languages.

The majority of Turks living in Poland speak Polish. They believe that one should speak Polish fluently to survive in Poland.

There do not appear to be negative feelings among Turks against Poles. Though some do believe that Poles are biased against them, there is no evidence of terrorism or radical tendencies against Turks living in Poland. Turks residing in Poland do not feel discrimination from authorities. The bureaucracy of Poland, poses a disappointment for the Turks.

In recent years, Poland has seen a wave of Turkish immigrants who are looking for an economic niche for themselves. Earlier Turkish immigrants started as small traders and wholesalers and later became successful entrepreneurs and investors.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Among educated Turks there are many people who declare themselves as atheist or agnostic. Their former country, Turkey, is almost entirely Islamic.

In Polish cities where Turks are residing, there are mosques which are headed by Arabs or Turks. The majority of Turks prefer to go for prayer to mosques run by Turks.

What Are Their Needs?

It is a sad fact that people often must experience suffering before they are able to see their most serious spiritual needs. Turks in Poland need most of all to experience desperation for Almighty God, their Savior. Life in Poland is centered around survival and worldly success, but desperate searching one's spirit is the most important issue.

Prayer Points

Pray that pursuits of success and distinction will be replaced with brokenness over sin, and complete obedience to the will of the Creator who loves them, and died in their place.
Pray that Jesus followers will take advantage of God-given opportunities with Muslims to respectfully present the truth of God's Word in Poland.
Pray for a disciple-making movement among Turks to emerge in Poland.

Scripture Prayers for the Turk in Poland.



—written by Karen Hightower

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Turks profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Turk
People Name in Country Turk
Pronunciation terk
Population this Country 5,000
Population all Countries 65,529,000
Total Countries 68
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
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 Poland
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Poland
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Turkish (5,000 speakers)
Language Code tur   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Turkish (5,000 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  (1827-2009)
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
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
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 Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 2 - Jesus' Baptism
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more