South Asian in Switzerland


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Introduction / History

The first South Asians came to Switzerland as students and people wanting self-government in their countries. The numerous Tamils came to Switzerland from 1983 to 1989 as the Sri Lankan civil war began. They have permanent residence and are not depending on state benefits anymore. Those who came after 1989 have not been able to integrate as well financially as the first group, and they do not have permanent residence.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Indians who are more financially well off come to Switzerland when they travel to Europe. Immigrants also have come to Switzerland from South Asia, and it has one of the largest percentages of Indians and Pakistanis in Europe. The number of Tamils is yet larger.

Most of the South Asians range from the 20 to about 40 years old. There is an increase in children below fourteen years old. The largest community is from Sri Lanka who are mainly Tamil Hindus.

There are a couple reasons Switzerland is home to so many Tamils. Tamils have been known to migrate through the years. There were Tamil students in Europe who helped the new immigrants. Larger migration began with families paying travelling expenses for their oldest sons. When they got work in Switzerland, they earned a lot more than in Sri Lanka. They sent money to their families in Sri Lanka. Transnational networks began. Sri Lankan and European based agents also helped them. Switzerland offered them work permits and social help and this encouraged more migration to the country. Today Switzerland is restricting the number of new Tamil migrants.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are many Sikhs, Christians and Muslims among them, but most are either Hindu or Buddhist.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the South Asian people in Switzerland need to allow the loving Savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.


Prayer Points

Pray the South Asians in Switzerland will see they do not have to live in slavery to spirits if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them abundantly.

Pray for loving workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.

Pray for spiritual hunger that will drive these Hindus to Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Switzerland.


References

www.urmila.de/english/europeindex.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_Switzerland

https://www.thelocal.ch/20190108/for-indians-the-silence-in-switzerland-can-be-deafening/

https://hyperallergic.com/84703/the-real-reasons-indians-are-obsess


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Population this Country 77,000
Population all Countries 12,348,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
Country Switzerland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Switzerland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2009)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
65.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
25.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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