Small People Group Policy
What This Policy Addresses
This policy addresses how to handle very small diaspora groups of large global people groups. Given the increased mobility of peoples, an almost unlimited number of new diaspora people groups could potentially be created. For example, do four British families living in Andorra constitute a distinct people group that should be added to a global people group list?
This policy provides conditions that help standardize how very small groups are handled on the Joshua Project list.
Global people group lists are limited in the level of detail they can realistically present. Low levels of detail may be more appropriately carried on in-country or local lists. For example, very tiny diaspora groups may be beyond the scope of a global list, but very appropriate on in-country lists.
What This Policy Does Not Address
This policy does not address: a) distinct, small people groups such an Amazon basin tribal group or an isolated Aborigine group in Australia or b) transient or temporary diaspora groups such as Vietnamese migrant workers in Malaysia.
Conditions for Small Group Evaluation
The following is a set of conditions to determine when to exclude very small groups of individuals that are part of larger people groups.
Note: All three conditions must be met in order for a group to be excluded from the main Joshua Project list. Put another way, if any of the three conditions above is not met, then the people group is included on the main Joshua Project list. This policy does not remove a single global people group from the Joshua Project list. All biblical nations / ethne remain on the list!
Condition 1: A baseline cutoff number needs to be established; otherwise the number of people groups by country becomes almost unlimited. For example, there are probably individuals from almost every major people group in the world living in the United States. Therefore, if no cutoff is established, the US alone would potentially have many thousands of distinct people groups listed. A minimum population of 500 is used as a reasonable value. Below 500 it becomes increasingly questionable whether the group can even be found, particularly in larger countries. Also at smaller and smaller sizes, it becomes less clear if these tiny groups identify themselves as distinct people groups.
Condition 2: This is to ensure that only very tiny portion of the larger people group in all countries is considered for exclusion as well as protect small global people groups from having meaningful portions excluded. For example, consider a small people group with a global population of 10,000. If 500 individuals living in a particular country were excluded based on Condition 1, then 5.0% of the overall group would be excluded which is too much.
Condition 3: This is to ensure tiny countries have meaningful groups identified. For example, in a country with total population of 20,000 individuals, 500 individuals form a meaningful portion of the country population and should be considered as a people group (PGIC).
Examples of removing groups from the Joshua Project list: (entries meet all three conditions).
Tiny Group Data Still Available
Joshua Project retains and makes available all people group data we have regardless of population size. While not included in the overall people group counts, tiny diaspora groups that have been removed from the main Joshua Project list using the above conditions are available by clicking the "Other reported groups" link at the bottom of each country listing.
Pashtun, Southern of Afghanistan
Nepali, general of Myanmar (Burma)
Ergong of China
Jew, Spanish of Israel
Berber, Warain of Morocco
Wolio of Indonesia
Lawa, Eastern of Thailand
Lematang of Indonesia
Hajam of Nepal
Kanuri, Yerwa of Cameroon
The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Shaikh of Bangladesh, Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahmin of India.
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