Arab in Italy

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Introduction / History

Italy has had a lot of contact with North Africans since the Roman Empire controlled that part of the African continent until the 400s. After the Advent of Islam there were Islamic armies raiding and eventually conquering Sicily and portions of southern Italy. The Italians were not able to resist for hundreds of years. There were a couple of decades in the early 20th century when Italy held Libya as a colony, which partially explains why so many North Africans are from that country. North African migrants in Italy include Algerians and Tunisians, but the largest number comes from Morocco. They come hoping to find jobs that are lacking in their part of the world.

What Are Their Lives Like?

For most of the Diaspora Arabs, there have been a greater variety of job opportunities. This has greatly aided their poor living conditions. However, it has also weakened their traditional family ties. There is greater freedom for women to leave the home, fewer arranged marriages, and less social pressure to conform to traditional religious practices.
As time progresses, more Arabs in Italy are acquiring Italian citizenship. Some are married to Italians.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Close to 100 percent of the Arabs who enter Italy are Sunni Muslims. They are taught from an early age that Islam holds all of life's answers. Though Jesus is an important prophet to them, they believe that Mohammed is the final prophet, and his teachings are by far the most important. How does one overcome teachings that come from their parents and those with the highest status in their communities?

What Are Their Needs?

The first need for Arabs who are trying to make Italy their permanent home is how to find a job. Followers of Christ who want to make him known to North Africans in Italy can help them with job skills, or even how to establish their own micro businesses.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Arabs in Italy will find and embrace Jesus Christ with all their hearts.
Pray for Arabic speaking Christ followers to take the savior to others who speak Arabic.
Pray for Arab disciples to make more disciples in Italy.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, general in Italy.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, general
People Name in Country Arab, general
Natural Name Arab
Pronunciation AE-rub
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,203,000
Population all Countries 2,256,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
People ID 19204
ROP3 Code 115690
ROP25 Code 300400
ROP25 Name Arab, generic
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.06 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.70 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan (1,203,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan (1,203,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan
Photo Source Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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