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Estimates of Non-Resident Indians spread across the world vary depending on who you talk to - from a modest 15 million to over 40 million. It is also estimated that there are between 40 to 100 million ethnic Indians spread across the world.

  • A University of California, Berkeley, study reported that one-third of the engineers in Silicon Valley are of Indian descent, while 7% of valley hi-tech firms are led by Indian CEOs. Source: Silicon India Readership Survey
  • Indians along with other Asians, have the highest educational qualifications of all ethnic groups in the US. Almost 67% of all Indians have a bachelor’s or high degree (compared to 28% nationally). Almost 40% of all Indians have a master’s, doctorate or other professional degree, which is five times the national average. Source: The Indian American Centre for Political Awareness.
  • Indians own 50% of all economy lodges and 35% of all hotels in the US, which have a combined market value of almost $40 billion.

  • There are 1,051,800 people of Indian origin in the UK.
  • The Indian emigrant community in the United Kingdom is now in its third generation. Nor NRIs have been remarkably successful and moved from their being bus-conductors, waiters, and small shopkeepers to their being doctors, lawyers, accountants and successful businesspeople.
  • Indian food is now regarded as part of the British cuisine.
  • A remarkable collection of the oral history of the British NRIs is available on Britain's leading NRI website History Talking.com. It's a web radio where you can listen to some of the leading NRIs living in the UK.
  • Indian culture has been constantly referenced within wider British culture, at first as an "exotic" influence in films like My Beautiful Laundrette, but now increasingly as a familiar feature in films like Bend It Like Beckham.

  • Australia - An Ideal Study Destination. In the past decade Australia has emerged as a leading provider of top quality education to international students from all over the world. During 2005 there were 340,000 enrolments by international students at Australian education institutions representing over 200 different nationalities. This was a 7% increase over the number in 2004.
  • Indian students have made Australia one of their firm favourites for international studies with over 27,000 Indian student enrolments at Australian education institutions in 2005, mainly in the fields of post-graduate studies. This contrasts with less than 500 Indian students in the early 1990's and the 10,000 Indian student enrolments in 2001.
  • Indian students in Australia. Around 85% of the Indian students studying in Australia are undertaking higher education in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering, Management, Accounting, Applied Science and Hospitality. However, new fields of study such as Biotechnology, Communication Studies and Art & Design are emerging.
  • Over the past few years, Australia has gained immense popularity as a high-quality education provider to international students. In India too, there has been growing awareness of Australian qualifications and study programs. International students are attracted to the flexibility afforded by the Australian Qualification Framework, which sets out 12 levels of qualifications across the three educational sectors - school, university and vocational education and training. Qualifications are awarded only after the achievement of competency standards. Once achieved, students can progress through different levels of qualifications, regardless of the sector in which they were achieved, thus providing many different pathways between different levels. Australia is famous for its enormous cultural diversity and its safe and welcoming environment.

  • There are about 800,000 NRIs in the Canada. Out of this population, 42% are Hindu, 39% are Sikh, and the remainder are Muslim, Christian, Jain and Buddhist. Punjabis accounted for more than half of population
  • More than 70% live in Toronto and Vancouver. The majority of Vancouver Indians are of Sikh Punjabi origin

  • Saudi Arabia 1,400,000, United Arab Emirates 1,200,000, Kuwait 500,000, Oman 350,000, Qatar 175,000, Bahrain 140,000, Yemen 100,000, Jordan 4,100
  • Most of the people from Kerala and other south Indian states moved to the Gulf after the oil boom to work as labourers and for clerical jobs.They do not normally become citizens, retain their Indian passports and treated as second class citizens
  • Indians still like to work in the Gulf is because of the tax-free income and minority are either employed in the highest echelons of major banks and corporations or have prospered greatly through conducting business in the region.
  • Because of a lack of labour laws Indian workers are forced to work long hours outside in desert conditions, for low wages. Most of these single male Manual workers come from poor families in India

  • NRI minority ethnic group, making up 7% of the Malaysian population.
  • Most Indians migrated to Malaysia as plantation laborers under British rule-most of these are Tamil but some Malayalam- and Telugu
  • 80% of ethnic Indians in Malaysia identify as Hindus. Deepavali and Thaipusam are the main festivals.

  • South Africa 1,200,000 , Mauritius 800,000, Reunion 250,000, Kenya 70,000, Uganda 60,000, Tanzania 50,000, Madagascar 30,000, Mozambique 21,000, Zambia 20,000, Zimbabwe 20,000
  • Most Asians in South Africa came as labourers who were brought by the British from India in the 19th century, mostly to work in what is now the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)\
  • Others came as Indian traders from the Gujarat who migrated to South Africa at around the same time
  • Mahatma Gandhi worked as a lawyer in the city in the early 1900

  • Middle East
    • Saudi Arabia 1,400,000
    • United Arab Emirates 1,200,000
    • Kuwait 500,000
    • Oman 350,000
    • Qatar 175,000
    • Bahrain 140,000
    • Yemen 100,000
    • Jordan 4,100
  • Asia
    • Hong Kong S.A.R. 35,000
    • Malaysia 2,300,000
    • Singapore 400,000
    • Philippines 125,000
  • South America
    • Guyana 326,782
    • Suriname 162,113
    • Trinidad 473,735
  • Africa
    • South Africa 1,200,000
    • Mauritius 800,000
    • Reunion 250,000
    • Kenya 70,000
    • Uganda 60,000
    • Tanzania 50,000
    • Madagascar 30,000
    • Mozambique 21,000
    • Zambia 20,000
    • Zimbabwe 20,000
  • Europe
    • United Kingdom 1,500,000
    • Netherlands 300,000
    • France 70,000
  • North America
    • United States 2,500,000
    • Canada 800,000
  • Fiji 350,000
  • Australia 150,000
  • New Zealand 70,000 


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