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Uyghur girl
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Kazakhstan 223,100 (2009) [2]
 Uzbekistan 55,220 (2008)
 Kyrgyzstan 49,000 (2009) [3]
 Turkey (Uyghurs in Turkey) 45,800 (2010) [4][5]
 Saudi Arabia ~50,000 (2013) (Saudi Labor Ministry) [6]
 Syria ~3,500 (2015) (Uyghur Turkistan Islamic Party members plus families in Zanbaqi (الزنبقي) in Jisr al-Shughur) [7][8][9][10]
(Uyghurs in Pakistan)
~1,000 families (2010) [11]
 Russia 3,696 (2010) [12]
 Ukraine 197 (2001) [13]
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Uzbeks, other Turkic peoples and Tocharians

Template:Contains Uyghur text The Uyghurs (wee-ger; 维吾尔人) are Chinese Turkic people living mainly in Xinjiang, China. Over 11 million Uyghurs live there, more than any other part of the world. Some Uyghurs seek independence from China.[14]

Uyghurs also live in Beijing, Shanghai[15] and Taoyuan County (Hunan, South-Central China).[16] There are Uyghur diasporic communities in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Mongolia.

They are mainly Muslim and speak Uyghur, a Turkic language. They write in the Uyghur alphabet, which is based on the Arabic alphabet.

Uyghurs were originally from Mongolia and immigrated to Xinjiang during the 8th or 9th centuries AD.[17] There they mixed with local Indo-European people.

Related pages


  1. Statistical Yearbook of Xinjiang in 2016
    Uyghur people
  2. Агентство Республики Каписью на 26,1% и составила 10098,6 тыс. человек. Увеличилась численность узбеков на 23,3%, составив 457,2 тыс. человек, уйгур - на 6%, составив 223,1 тыс. человек. Снизилась численность русских на 15,3%, составив 3797,0 тыс. человек; немцев - на 49,6%, составив 178,2 тыс. человек; украинцев – на 39,1%, составив 333,2 тыс. человек; татар – на 18,4%, составив 203,3 тыс. человек; других этносов – на 5,8%, составив 714,2 тыс. человек.
  3. Национальный статистический комитет Кыргызской Республики : Перепись населения и жилищного фонда Кыргызской Республики 2009 года в цифрах и фактах - Архив Публикаций - КНИГА II (часть I в таблицах) : 3.1. Численность постоянного населения по национальностям Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Yitzhak Shichor; East-West Center (2009). Ethno-diplomacy, the Uyghur hitch in Sino-Turkish relations. East-West Center. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-932728-80-4 . 
  5. Uygur Ajan Rabia Kadir, Doğu Türkistanlı Mücahidleri İhbar Etti. 8 January 2015. 
  6. "Nitaqat rules for Palestinians and Turkistanis eased". Sadui Labor Ministry. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  7. ابنا, الميادين + (September 3, 2015). "قرية الزنبقي السورية أقرب إلى الصين منها الى دمشق + صور". 
  8. "داعش جلب آلاف المقاتلين مع عائلاتهم إلى الرقة". 
  9. الحربي, كتائب الإعلام. "كتائب الإعلام الحربي". 
  10. "بالفيديو : قرية الزنبقي يتحول الى مستوطنة للأيغور والتركمان". 
  11. Hoshur, Shohret; Shemshidin, Zubeyra (2010-04-06), "Pakistan Uyghurs in Hiding: Brothers blame raids and arrests on pressure from China", Radio Free Asia,, retrieved 2010-05-11 
  12. "Перепись населения России 2010 года". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  13. State statistics committee of Ukraine - National composition of population, 2001 census (Ukrainian)
  14. "U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps" (in en). Reuters. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2020-07-31. 
  16. "Ethnic Uygurs in Hunan Live in Harmony with Han Chinese". 
  17. Millward, James (2007). Eurasian Crossroads. Columbia University. pp. 42-43.