NRI - Non Residential Indian
There are about 25 Million NRIs/PIOs worldwide (estimates vary between 25 to over 30 mio).
- Germany has 35,000 NRIs
- Switzerland has 13500 NRIs
- Austria: There are around 12,000 NRIs, mostly Keralites
NRIs in USA:
The US Census Bureau has pegged the average Indian American family annual income at $60,000 as against the national average of $38,885. It is estimated that annual buying power of Indian Americans stands at $25 billion.
Today, NRIs are the second largest Asian group (2,226,585) in the US, behind only the Chinese (2,762,524). Source: 2003 American Community Survey
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.
One in every nine Indians in the US is a millionaire, comprising 10% of US millionaires. Source: 2003 Merrill Lynch SA Market Study
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.
NRIs in UK:
- 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.
NRIs in Malaysia
- 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.
NRIs in Middle East:
NRI population in 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
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
NRIs in 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
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
NRIs in Canada
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
NRI population in the world.
- 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
- Hong Kong S.A.R. 35,000
- Malaysia 2,300,000
- Singapore 400,000
- Guyana 326,782
- Suriname 162,113
- 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
- United Kingdom 1,500,000
- Netherlands 300,000
- United States 2,500,000
- Fiji 350,000
- Australia 150,000
- New Zealand 70,000
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