South Asian, general in Italy

South Asian, general
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People Name: South Asian, general
Country: Italy
10/40 Window: No
Population: 414,000
World Population: 12,145,500
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 4.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Sri Lankans have become one of the biggest ethnic groups in Italy. Italy is no longer a temporary place for South Asians to live but has become a permanent residence. The easing of immigration restrictions and the Italian economy has encouraged many South Asians to live in Italy.
Many Indians came to Italy in the early 1990s when the Italian government gave amnesty to illegal immigrants as they needed more workers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Indians came from the Punjab and work in agriculture and on dairy farms. Some have become self-employed and have restaurants while others are in retail work to do with Italian tourism. About half of them live in agricultural regions particularly near Milan and Rome. The Indians have usually been found to be hard working and have contributed well to the economy.
South Asian food is popular in restaurants in Bologna in Italy. Some South Asians have cricket teams and play cricket matches in the Bologna region.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Indians in Italy are Hindus or Sikhs. There are many Hindu temples, and the Sikhs have Gurdwaras. The Sri Lankans there are either Hindu or Buddhist. There are more Muslims than Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists among the South Asians in Italy.

What Are Their Needs?

The South Asians in Italy need to find their way to Jesus, making him lord of their lives so they can enjoy his promised abundant life.

Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen South Asian communities in Italy.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the South Asians in Italy.
Pray for these people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed South Asian believers to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.

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