The 228 Unengaged Turkish Peoples: Who they are and where they are found?

In a recent posting, I pointed out that there are 228 unengaged Turkish peoples who number more than 7 million persons. A friend asked: “Who are they and where are the found?” A simple list follows of who these people are, where they live and their population.

By the way, “unengaged” means that no one – as far as we know  is seeking to declare the good news of God’s salvation among a people group or to found a community of believers in Jesus Christ, the Savior of all the world (1 John 2:2; 4:14).  Taking seriously Jesus command “disciple all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) implies that all the “unengaged” become “engaged.” For a people group to be “engaged”, two general things must happen: first, those who are already Jesus’ disciples must consistently pray for these peoples along the lines of 1 Timothy 2:1-8 and Luke 10:2; and second, that communities of believers in Jesus Christ partner to send out message bearers to these peoples, sharing the good news of His salvation and establishing healthy communities of those who respond to Jesus call, “Follow me!”

Could you be an advocate for one of these “unengaged” Turkic peoples in the disciple-making community that you are a part of? Is there one on this list that attracts your interest?

The following information is taken from the online data base found at www.JoshuaProject.net. To go to the specific link for this data, which includes much more information and a profile of each people group, click here .

People

Country

Population

Afshari Afghanistan

13,000

Ainu, Aynu China

7,300

Akto Turkmen China

2,700

Alutor Russia
Aynallu, Inallu Iran

5,900

Azerbaijani, Azeri T Azerbaijan

278,000

Azerbaijani, Azeri T Iraq

2,031,000

Azerbaijani, Azeri T Jordan

5,000

Azerbaijani, Azeri T Syria

40,000

Azerbaijani, North Armenia

300

Azerbaijani, North Belarus

5,100

Azerbaijani, North Estonia

900

Azerbaijani, North Czech Republic

200

Azerbaijani, North Kyrgyzstan

18,000

Azerbaijani, North Kazakhstan

85,000

Azerbaijani, North Latvia

1,600

Azerbaijani, North Lithuania

1,300

Azerbaijani, North Moldova

2,200

Azerbaijani, North Netherlands

100

Azerbaijani, North Russia

610,000

Azerbaijani, North Tajikistan

4,800

Azerbaijani, North Turkmenistan

53,000

Azerbaijani, North Ukraine

42,000

Azerbaijani, North Uzbekistan

63,000

Baharlu Iran

8,900

Balkan Gagauz Turkis Macedonia

2,100

Bashkir, Bashkort Uzbekistan

50,000

Chelkans Russia

1,200

Cypriots, Turkish Cyprus

246,000

Cypriots, Turkish United Kingdom

33,000

Enets, Yenisei Samoy Russia

200

Ewenki, Tungus Mongolia

500

Gajal, Gadzhal Turkey

16,000

Gilyak, Nivkh Russia

4,700

Hazara Tajikistan

7,500

Hezhen, Nanai, Gold China
Karakalpak Afghanistan

2,900

Karakalpak Kyrgyzstan

1,100

Karakalpak Russia

1,500

Karakalpak Turkey

73,000

Karakalpak Turkmenistan

4,900

Kazak, Qinghai China

3,600

Kazakh Afghanistan

2,900

Kazakh Azerbaijan

2,200

Kazakh Armenia

400

Kazakh Belarus

2,400

Kazakh Czech Republic

2,000

Kazakh Germany

42,000

Kazakh Kyrgyzstan

34,000

Kazakh Lithuania

700

Kazakh Tajikistan

15,000

Kazakh Turkmenistan

140,000

Kazakh Ukraine

5,200

Keriya China

700

Khalaj, Turkic Iran

50,000

Kumandins Russia

2,900

Kyakala China

2,900

Kyrgyz Czech Republic

300

Kyrgyz Russia

105,000

Kyrgyz Turkmenistan

1,000

Kyrgyz Ukraine

1,100

Kyrgyz United States

100

Lu, Lu Ren China

5,800

Nafar, Nafar Turk Iran

4,200

Negidal, Nizovsk Russia

500

Nogai Kazakhstan

400

Nogai Russia

105,000

Nogai Ukraine

400

Nogai, Nogay Romania

11,000

Nogai, Nogay Uzbekistan

200

Ongkor China
Orochi, Orichen Ukraine

900

Orok Russia

300

Pishagchi Iran

1,200

Qaragozlu Iran

2,400

Saman China

3,100

Soyot Russia

3,700

Tatar Afghanistan

500

Tatar Azerbaijan

27,000

Tatar Armenia

500

Tatar Belarus

13,000

Tatar Canada

600

Tatar China

7,800

Tatar Estonia

2,600

Tatar Finland

900

Tatar Georgia

3,300

Tatar Kyrgyzstan

32,000

Tatar Kazakhstan

273,000

Tatar Latvia

3,100

Tatar Lithuania

3,100

Tatar Moldova

2,800

Tatar Poland

5,000

Tatar Tajikistan

22,000

Tatar Turkmenistan

62,000

Tatar Ukraine

69,000

Tatar Uzbekistan

668,000

Tatar, Chulym Russia

400

Tatar, Crimean Kyrgyzstan

600

Tatar, Crimean Kazakhstan

1,100

Tatar, Crimean Moldova

1,500

Tatar, Crimean Romania

22,000

Tatar, Crimean Russia

2,500

Tatar, Crimean Tajikistan

9,800

Tatar, Crimean Uzbekistan

5,000

Tatar, Khakass China
Tatar, Mishari Russia

800

Tatar, Siberian Russia

6,900

Teleut China
Tsaatan Mongolia

300

Tubalars Russia

2,000

Tuerke China

200

Turk United Arab Emirates

8,300

Turk Azerbaijan

22,000

Turk Brazil

200

Turk Chile

300

Turk Denmark

93,000

Turk Egypt

41,000

Turk El Salvador

600

Turk Czech Republic

2,100

Turk Finland

6,100

Turk Georgia

3,200

Turk Greece

56,000

Turk Honduras

1,600

Turk Croatia

300

Turk Japan

5,200

Turk Kyrgyzstan

40,000

Turk Kosovo

6,900

Turk Kazakhstan

84,000

Turk Lebanon

9,300

Turk Moldova

1,700

Turk Montenegro

600

Turk Norway

22,000

Turk Serbia

2,700

Turk Saudi Arabia

29,000

Turk Syria

3,400

Turk Tajikistan

1,100

Turk Ukraine

7,300

Turk Venezuela

30,000

Turk, Meskhetian Uzbekistan

1,300

Turkmen India

500

Turkmen Iraq

398,000

Turkmen Jordan

6,300

Turkmen Kyrgyzstan

2,000

Turkmen Kazakhstan

1,600

Turkmen Ukraine

3,500

Turkmen, Turkoman Russia

37,000

Turkmen, Turkoman Syria

135,000

Turkmen, Turkoman Tajikistan

23,000

Turks Afghanistan

9,500

Turks Algeria

2,900

Turks Argentina

800

Turks Bahrain

1,400

Turks Belize

100

Turks Belarus

300

Turks Ireland

2,400

Turks Guinea

300

Turks Hungary

5,900

Turks Indonesia

200

Turks Italy

30,000

Turks Iraq

2,700

Turks Kenya

200

Turks Korea, South

1,600

Turks Kuwait

7,000

Turks Slovakia

300

Turks Liechtenstein

1,100

Turks Luxembourg

800

Turks Libya

29,000

Turks Mongolia

200

Turks Mali

200

Turks Morocco

3,600

Turks Malta

800

Turks Oman

900

Turks Mexico

300

Turks Malaysia

400

Turks Nigeria

400

Turks New Zealand

1,700

Turks Pakistan

500

Turks Poland

5,000

Turks Portugal

800

Turks Qatar

3,600

Turks Philippines

100

Turks Senegal

100

Turks Slovenia

200

Turks Singapore

900

Turks Spain

4,700

Turks Sudan

2,800

Turks Thailand

200

Turks Tunisia

1,100

Turks Turkmenistan

16,000

Turks Yemen

400

Tuvans-Todzhans Russia

1,900

Tuvinian, Tuva China

4,100

Tuvinian, Uriankhai Mongolia

5,200

Udekhe Russia

1,500

Uyghur Australia

400

Uyghur Iran

5,700

Uyghur Mongolia

300

Uyghur Russia

3,700

Uyghur Saudi Arabia

7,700

Uyghur Tajikistan

800

Uyghur Taiwan

200

Uyghur Turkmenistan

2,100

Uyghur Ukraine

200

Uyghur, Kashgar Afghanistan

4,300

Uygur, Lop Nur China

42,000

Uygur, Taklimakan China

300

Uygur, Yutian China

67,000

Uzbek, Northern Australia

200

Uzbek, Northern China

21,000

Uzbek, Northern Czech Republic

200

Uzbek, Northern Georgia

1,100

Uzbek, Northern Lithuania

1,400

Uzbek, Northern Moldova

1,100

Uzbek, Northern Mongolia

23,000

Uzbek, Northern Russia

293,000

Uzbek, Northern Ukraine

12,000

Uzbek, Northern United States

26,000

Uzbek, Southern Azerbaijan

1,900

Uzbek, Southern Armenia

300

Uzbek, Southern Belarus

3,600

Uzbek, Southern Estonia

100

Uzbek, Southern Latvia

300

Yakut China

2,800

Yenisei Ostyak, Ket Russia

1,200

Yugur, Enger China

5,800

Yugur, Saragh China

12,000

Yukaghir, Chuvan Ukraine

200

Yukaghir, Southern Russia

100

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