People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Afghan of Europe

People Group Info

Total Population: 233,300

ROP3 Code: 107989
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
Language: Dari - (prs)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Afghanistan

Majority Located Where

  Greater London, United Kingdom - 37,680

  Munich, Germany - 21,891

  Frankfort, Germany - 19,171

  Ruhr, Germany - 18,954

  Hamburg, Germany - 14,468

Afghan diaspora reside in Germany (260,000), Russia (150,000), United Kingdom (56,000), Austria (45,259), Netherlands (44,000), Denmark (15,854), Sweden (44,000), Greece (1200)

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Brief Profile

Afghan people are composed of various ethnicities that exist in Afghanistan, reflecting the ethnolinguistic mosaic of their homeland in Afghanistan. Population figures vary for the Afghan in Europe range. A conservative figure would be over 230,000, with the numbers continuing to increase each year. Concentrations are found in the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden.

Large numbers of Afghan refugees began arriving in Europe in the 1960 in the wake of the Soviet invasion. Some were officially designated as refugees, while others were granted political asylum. However, they continue to arrive in Europe annually with immigrant groups settling near family member and friends.

The vast majority of Afghans adhere to Islam. However, dress and way of life often reflects a more secular lifestyle. Moreover, the adherence of their people group identity is reinforced by watching Afghan television stations, listening to Afghan music, and eating traditional Afghan food at home.

They also value their oral tradition of story telling. The stories they usually tell are about Nasreddin, Afghan history, myths and religion.

As mentioned, central to the Afghan way of life is storytelling, and many stories are so well known that they can be recited by heart at family and community gatherings. Proverbs are also central the Afghan way of life. A few proverbs include (1) Do not stop a donkey that is not yours, (2) What you see in yourself is what you see in the world, (3) When man is perplexed, God is beneficent, and (4) Where your heart goes, there your feet will go.

Prayer Points

  • For Christians to become friends with the Afghan, reveal through their lifestyle what it means to have a personal relationship with God, and share the message of Jesus Christ as the intimate God.
  • For Christians to encounter Afghan people of peace who will then become followers of Jesus Christ and in turn begin making disciples among their own people.
  • That churches will catch a vision to embrace the Afghan people, and in so doing those Afghan who become followers of Jesus Christ will share the message of Christ with their family and friends in Afghanistan.

Other Resources

List of services in Berlin
Here you find the contact details and times of 69 different church services in Berlin

resources in many languages
If you need resources and media in different languages, the best sources in Germany are on this list

Arabic school
At this school there are during the year Arabic seminars. It is quite inexpensive. Volkshochschule der Hanse- und Universitätsstadt Rostock Am Kabutzenhof 20 a 18057 Rostock Tel.: +49 381 381-4300

Arabisch (Universität) Rostock
Als Student, aber auch als Gasthörer, mit entsprechender Anmeldung, kann man hier Arabisch bis A2 lernen. Sehr günstig.

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Country City Metro Area Name Baseline Population
United KingdomHounslowGreater London37,680
GermanyFrankfurt (Hessen)Frankfort19,171