Burmese in United Kingdom


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Introduction / History

Burma was a colony of Great Britain at one time, so the Burmese are one of the ethnic groups that is given special consideration for emigrating to the UK. Some of them are refugees from the oppressive government of Myanmar, and others are students. The universities in Myanmar are understaffed and under-funded and often get shut down for months or even years, creating an enormous demand for education in the UK.


At one time, most of those from Myanmar, who received refugee status in the UK, were from the Karen tribes. There is a strong Church among the Karens, but none among the Burmese, who remain Buddhist. There are a few ethnic Burmese people who now live primarily in cities, such as London, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Sheffield, Cardiff, Portsmouth, and Gosport.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Burmese face crime, drug abuse, discrimination, and violence. Many still feel connected to their mother country and stay in contact with relatives there. Although they are battling with being minorities in the UK, they also have a sense of pride in their new country, which enables them to survive and, to a lesser extent, succeed.


The minority groups of the UK hold a variety of occupations, primarily in the cities. Most have wage-paying jobs in factories that manufacture metals, machinery, engines, textiles, flour or chemicals. Others have become small business owners. Because of the geography of the UK, many live close to ports, where they work in shipbuilding and repair.


The Burmese have been influenced by the English. Few of their original cultural traits still exist. They have taken on western dress, speak the English language, and strive for the western level of success.


Most have kept Buddhism, partly as something from their culture they can still cling to. The Burmese have been able to establish cultural and religious events in the UK, like the Buddhist water festival.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Burmese are predominantly Hinayana Buddhists. The traditional goal in Buddhism is to seek the middle path to Nirvana, or ultimate peace. They believe that death is not a threat to one who has done good deeds. Instead, it is simply a "passing" from one life to another. They believe that those with less merit are reborn as demons, ghosts, animals or inhabitants of hell.


Though the Burmese are predominantly Buddhist, they have mingled many animistic practices (based on the belief that non-human objects have spirits) with Buddhism. All of their homes have altars for the spirits, as well as a statue of Buddha.


What Are Their Needs?

The Burmese left their homeland in search of peace. They need loving Christ followers who will introduce them to the Prince of Peace. Fervent prayer and increased evangelism efforts are the keys to seeing them reached with the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Burmese in United Kingdom.

Pray that the sheer wonder of knowing Jesus and the impact he has on lives will draw the Burmese in the UK to the Throne of Grace.


Pray the hearts of the Burmese people would be stirred by the Holy Spirit readying them for the time when they hear the gospel message.


Pray they will experience dreams and visions of Jesus leading them into a saving relationship with him.


Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Burmese people in The United Kingdom.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-03-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-04-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-04-03
People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Pronunciation burr-MEEZE
Population this Country 14,000
Population all Countries 32,291,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bama; Bamar; Bamas; Burman; Man; Myan; Myan, Myen; Myanmas; Myen; Yaw; बर्मीज़
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Burmese (14,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Burmese (14,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Burmese

Primary Language:  Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1832-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Greater Love
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Freedom from Suffering
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Burmese
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
88.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
7.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
1.0 %
Independent
26.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
8.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more