South Asian in Germany

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Introduction / History

In the 1950s and 1960s only a few South Asians came to Germany. At first a few thousand younger men came from India and Pakistan to find work or for educational studies. They chose Germany because of it being well off financially, it being good for education, it was not a colonial power and had good relations with India. They were not in unskilled work for long. Most of them got good educational qualifications and were able to get much better jobs as a result.

The South Asians were scattered in Germany with no large communities and they had a lot of contact with Germans. Many of the South Asians married German women with some of them marrying in their own countries and bringing their wives to Germany. Now most of their children are at universities and some like their parents are in the middle class of German society.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, thousands of young Christian women from the Indian state of Kerala came to work in hospitals as qualified or trainee nurses. Shortly a Malayali (people from Kerala) community came about as they were looked after by German institutions.

Later after living for some time in Germany, most had arranged marriages in India or married one of the Malayali men who had emigrated to Germany and so Malayali families were formed.

Differently to the other South Asian generation in Germany, most young Malayalis have lived in an Indian community with their own societies and are going to Malayali schools and Indian Masses. Their parents want their children to have a more professional standing than them with a career in medical work being the favorite.

There are other South Asians in Germany including Sikh asylum seekers from the Punjab, Ahmadi asylum seekers from Pakistan and Tamils seeking asylum who are from Sri Lanka. They came from the 1970s and later and are small in number. Their life in Germany has a lot to do with their asylum seeking position. (Maybe a chance here for Christians to evangelize these asylum seekers who are looking for security for themselves).

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Germany.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Population this Country 196,000
Population all Countries 12,252,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
German, Standard Sinhala Urdu
Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  German, Standard
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
20.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
50.00 %
23.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
4.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Profile Source Anonymous  
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