English langusge services are not very widespread but can be found in the Ruhr Metropoilis. The Roman Catholic Church is very visible throughout the state of North Rhine Westphalia and Ruhr is no exception. This community forms the largest religious group with over a third of residents with Protestants traditionally making up the second. Churches of all ages, shapes and sizes can be found.
Migrant workers became Germany’s early expats forming the backbone of certainly industrial but also cultural development. An influx of people occurred from several Muslim nations during the 1960’s, 1970’s and beyond. Most of the people from such countries as Turkey, Morocco and Iran actually decided to remain in spite of their status of so-called “guest workers” and in doing so, made Islam the third largest religious group. Several mosques and religious centres have been built over the years and are firmly established.
A few smaller groups are also present and the number of Jewish citizens is increasing steadily in the communities of the the Ruhr region. Many have migrated from Russia and former Soviet Union member countries.