Countries of the Indian Diaspora

Which countries outside of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have the most people of Indian origin or descent?
According to Wikipedia
Includes migrant workers who have no permanent resident status
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Country
4.5 mil
United States
4.1 mil
Saudi Arabia
3.1 mil
United Arab Emirates
3.0 mil
Malaysia
2.0 mil
Myanmar
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Country
1.8 mil
United Kingdom
1.6 mil
Sri Lanka
1.6 mil
South Africa
1.1 mil
Canada
0.9 mil
Kuwait
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Level 71
Jan 4, 2017
No Bangladesh either?
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Level ∞
Jan 4, 2017
Added that to the caveat. No data exists. I would assume that Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Indian were not separate national identities until their countries split apart.
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Level 70
Jan 4, 2017
I think mostly heading for where there is no language problem and little religious fanaticism.
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Level ∞
Jan 4, 2017
Saudi Arabia?

According to Gallup, 5% of Indian adults would like to leave the country. That's about 50 million people. Obviously, that's beyond the level that the tolerant English-speaking countries are willing to absorb.

So a large number of South Asians work as laborers with few rights in Middle Eastern countries.

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Level 70
Feb 25, 2017
Which ones are the tolerant English-speaking countries?
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Level 80
Feb 26, 2017
really tshalla?
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Level 57
Feb 27, 2017
Many Indians don't speak English; a lot could probably go to non-English speaking developed countries
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Level ∞
Mar 11, 2020
Since you asked, the tolerant English speaking countries are UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. People of Indian descent have done incredibly well in those places and generally have higher incomes than the native population. That is absolutely not true of Indian workers in places like Saudi Arabia.
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Level 70
Jul 8, 2020
People of Indian descent in Canada often do very well because of the points system that is the basis of Canadian immigration. Indians (and others) usually only get into the country if they already have unusual advantages (money, tertiary education, fluency in English - or, less likely, in French, etc.). It's not like a general swath of Indians come to Canada, find the society tolerant, and then climb the class ladder. Canada takes in refugees as well, but they typically make up only about 7% of all immigrants. Canada also "takes in" about as many temporary foreign workers (who have to reapply for re-entry each year and have virtually no ability to change employers or to challenge them on labour law) as immigrants with full rights.
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Level 60
Jul 8, 2020
Tolerantly skimming off the doctors and engineers after their education is paid for by India. Very enlightened.
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Level 80
Jul 8, 2020
It's incredible how myopic woke Westerners can be when they're trying to talk about the treatment of minorities or the struggles that women go through in their own countries versus other places around the world. I picture one of the patients who used to come in and sit in the ER waiting room where I used to work, while we've got patients in the back who were shot in the face with a shotgun, cut near in half by a tractor trailer, or in the middle of a heart attack... meanwhile they're getting pissy because it's been an hour and we haven't sent out a team of doctors to tend to their paper cut.
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Level 74
Jan 4, 2017
The UAE figure is astonishing - according to Wikipedia, they are the largest ethnic group in the UAE, even more than Emiratis.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2017
Not difficult to accept if you've ever been to Dubai before.
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2017
It's the same for Qatar, where Qatari people are in minority due to massive immigration from Nepal and Bangladesh if I'm not mistaken. But it doesn't bother them since they give super cheap labor while Qatari earn very high wages "employing" them (to not say "exploiting them")
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Level 47
Jul 8, 2020
I wouldn't call it immigration. They're on work visas as cheap labour.
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Level 70
Feb 25, 2017
In my opinion one of the best migrants to arrive anywhere are the Indian peoples. They do not carry with them the hidden agendas of the religious fanatics that many immigrant people do, they are generally intelligent, quick to learn and cheerful by personality and bring with them the wonderful cuisine of India which has become one of the favourite foods of countries lucky enough to receive great cooks with the work ethic to open up Indian Restaurants. You only have to see the popularity of Indian food in Countries such as UK and Australia, just to name two.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2017
"hidden agendas of the religious fanatics that many immigrant people do"-- what are you talking about? Do you mean the Pilgrims who settled in New England?
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Level 70
May 23, 2017
Don't try and outsmart yourself Kal.
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2018
Well said kalbahamut.
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Level 45
Feb 25, 2017
they are also the highest paid demographic in America (Indian Americans have an average income >$100,000 according to Wikipedia), which I think is interesting, considering this is over 40 times what they would be earning in their native cojntry.
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Level 80
Feb 25, 2017
It's harder to get to the United States from India than some of these other countries. The ones who make it are often highly educated, skilled, and motivated. Not all of them, but, a higher percentage than those who go to Saudi Arabia to work as drivers, janitors, and clerks, for sure.
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2017
kalbahamut -> Is it because they are above the cap for Green Card lottery application? It would be logical since the lottery may be the only way for less skilled / poorer people to have access permanent residency.
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Level 80
Mar 4, 2017
Yamaneko to be honest I don't know exactly why. I'm just repeating what I've been told by Indians- it's much easier for them to find work and get visas to Gulf countries than to the USA. Plus, geographically, it's a lot closer.
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Level 62
Apr 12, 2017
Thanks Malbaby!
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Level 56
Jul 8, 2020
Backhanded compliment: praising something while disparaging something else
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Level 47
Sep 1, 2020
They are generally intelligent and quick to learn because the U.S. mostly takes intelligent and quick to learn migrants. this is the main reason the model minority myth came up around asians. The U.S. needed to "suck up" to their asian allies in the Cold War and so they started talking about how great asians were and started giving citizenship to rich and successful asians and people started "realizing" how rich and successful asians were now that rich and successful asians were being let in. I don't remember this all perfectly so correct me on parts I had trivial mistakes in and ridicule me for it, I would really appreciate it.
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Level 59
Feb 25, 2017
thats was tough
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Level 39
Feb 25, 2017
I could see this being a series, either with different countries of origin, or along the lines of what states have the most immigrants from the countries.
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Level 43
Feb 26, 2017
No Australia? Wow
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Level 70
May 23, 2017
I was surprised at that 'Captain', I'm sure those numbers will change shortly and Australia will be on this list.
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2018
Google "White Australia Policy." It's the name for a group of racist immigration policies that were in place until 1973. For example, the dictation test. Starting in 1901 an immigration officer would dictate a text to you...and here's the kicker: the test could be given in any European language (and even if you passed it the first time, they could re-administer it in any other European language they wanted!).

Here's one 50-word English sample from the test, in all its awesomeness: "If the land is ploughed when wet the furrows may, and in all probability will, wear a more finished appearance, and will be more pleasant to the eye, but land so ploughed will be more inclined to become set or baked, and when in this state will not produce a maximum yield."
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Level 47
Sep 1, 2020
I had to reread that at least 10 times to figure out what it said and my native language is English. I'm still not sure what it says!
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Level 47
Jan 11, 2018
If you're interested, I have a quiz about Indian food!
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2018
Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Singapore, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya have sizeable amounts too.
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Level 32
Sep 14, 2020
Like most of the answers above, either part of the Empire/Commonwealth, or the GCC.
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Level 30
Mar 22, 2018
I am an Indian born in bahrain and felt sad it wasn't there.
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Level 8
Mar 31, 2018
I was surprised Australia wasn't there.
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Level 53
Mar 8, 2020
What are we doing in Myanmar?
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Level 71
Mar 12, 2020
It was a part of British India for a while. A lot of Indians chose to, or were forced, to go there for work. It was also somewhere where many "troublemaking" Indians were exiled to, since it was so far out of the way. A TON of people in Burma today have at least some Indian ancestry, especially in Yangon.
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Level 70
Mar 14, 2020
by percentage is also interesting
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Level 47
Jun 17, 2020
Pakistan has over 2 million indians..
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Level 32
Jul 8, 2020
read the description
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Level 49
Jul 8, 2020
100 %
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Level 56
Jul 13, 2020
I personally contest the accuracy of the data used for this - there is a quite sizeable influx of Indians into Australia over the past 20-30 years or so, and only ever increasing. I would say that they would account for at least 1 million of our population.