Bengali-speaking South Asian in France

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Introduction / History

Ethnic Bengalis are the original inhabitants of the Bengal region which straddles Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state in India. Bengali is their language, and it is one of the largest in the world. While the vast majority of Bengalis live in Bangladesh and northeast India, some have migrated to other countries such as France. In general, the Bengalis are a proud people, highly ambitious, and always striving for excellence. They are noted for their cultural achievements, especially in the area of literature.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though there were Bangladeshis in France before 2008, this was a year when more started going to France seeking a new life. Many of them are in the "informal" economy, such as selling produce or working in restaurants. They have been described as "precarious, temporary, unauthorized and deportable aliens." In 2020 Bangladeshis in France were put in the unenviable position of being in a vulnerable economic position in France while many in their old country called for the boycott of French goods. The Bangladeshis in France need economic opportunities, not strife.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Bengalis in France are Sunni Muslims. They have varying degrees of dedication to their religious beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bangladeshis in France need economic opportunities that will help them to flourish in their new homeland.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Bengali-speaking in France.

Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bengalis in France towards Christian believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel. Ask the Lord to raise up strong Bengali churches that will reproduce themselves, spreading the fragrance of Christ in their community and beyond. Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go to the South Asians in France.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-03-13
People Name General South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Natural Name Bengali-speaking South Asian
Population this Country 32,000
Population all Countries 1,901,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangla-Bhasa; Bengali, Muslims; Hindu; साउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
People ID 10790
ROP3 Code 101254
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Bengali (32,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (32,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2016)
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 Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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 COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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