About Us

UPG North America seeks to mobilize prayer warriors and laborers among the most significant unreached people group communities in North America. Multiple organizations and individuals contribute to the information and development of profiles on this site. We are always looking for more contributors! If you are interested in developing a profile and prayerwalk for an unreached people group community appearing in our UPG Priority Matrix, please contact us.

We desire to serve the entire Body of Christ in our common goal of communicating the love of Christ to all peoples of the world. God has provided a unique opportunity in this age of mass migration and technological connection. From global gateway cities in North America, we have access to influencers from some of the least-reached peoples of the world. As God draws these influencers to Christ, they naturally spread the hope of Jesus to the least-reached areas of the world.

Many Christians in North America, however, have yet to see the incredible opportunity God has given us. UPG North America helps the unreached people groups in the United States and Canada become visible. Once Christians know more about them and have seen them (even if virtually), barriers are broken, bridges are created, and a sense of responsibility is gained as we become aware of the open doors before us. Walk through those doors! Befriend a new arrival to North America. Hear their stories. Help them adjust to a new land. Make friends. And share the hope of Christ that is in you.

What If?

While UPG North America serves multiple mission organizations, churches, and individuals, it has been developed through the ministry of Global Gates. Watch this short vision-casting video from Global Gates on the opportunity among unreached peoples in North America.

100,000 Yemenis

Statistics Canada 2016 counted 6,645 people whose ethnic origin was Yemeni. The 2019 American Community Survey counted 58,627 people born in Yemen now living in the United States. Counting U.S.-born children and typical undercounts of Arabs in the census, it is safe to assume there are at least 100,000 Yemenis in North America. The Wikipedia article on Yemeni Americans claims "there are an estimated 100,000-200,000 Yemenis living in the United States as of 2018,” but no source is given for that statistic.

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350,000 Bosniaks

The Congress of Bosniaks of North America estimate 300,000 Bosniaks live in the United States and 50,000 in Canada.

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300,000 Somalis

The America Community Survey 2019 estimated 182,951 people reporting Somali ancestry in the United States. Statistics Canada 2016 estimated 62,500 people with Somali ethnic origin in Canada. Census figures tend to undercount groups like Somalis who are suspicious of government authorities and census takers. Community estimates of Somalis in the Greater Toronto and Edmonton areas alone number 100,000. An estimated 300,000 Somalis in North America is a conservative estimate, and their population number could be much higher.

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670,000 to 1,000,000 Sikhs

In the 2011 Statstics Canada census, 454,965 Sikhs were estimated to live in Canada. The United States does not count religious affiliation in its census, and the language of Punjabi is also spoken by Hindus and Muslims which makes "language spoken at home" a difficult category for measuring Sikhs. However, the 2012 Pew Religious Survey indicates 5% of Indian Americans are Sikh. The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 4,240,466 Asian Indians living in the United States, and 5% of that population equals 212,023. The Sikh America Coalition, however, estimates 500,000 Sikhs living in the United States. Therefore, low estimates of Sikhs in North America are around 670,000 people and high estimates are around one million.

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400,000 Afghans

The diversity of the people groups who identify as Afghans contributes to the difficulty of using census information to estimate the number of Afghans in North America. The American Community Survey 2019 counted 156,434 people in the United States with "Afghan" ancestry. However, some Afghans would identify their ancestry as Tajik, Pashtun, and so forth. Statistics Canada 2016 counted 83,995 people with Ethnic Origin as Afghan, 4,810 as Pashtun, 2,905 as Tajik, and 1,515 as Hazara. So, adding those number together gives a good idea of a low estimate of the number of Afghans in Canada. Allied Media Corporation, who has worked extensively with the Afghan American Community, estimates 300,000 Afghans live in the United States. With adding Canada's number, a reasonable estimate of Afghans in North America is 400,000 people.

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