INDIANS ABROAD – WHERE THEY ALL ARE

STATALES

13327438: NON-RESIDENT INDIANS (NRIS)

17905796: PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIOS)

31233234: OVERSEAS INDIANS

COUNTRIES WITH LARGEST INDIAN DIASPORA (ABOVE 1 LAKH)
(NRIs+PIOs)

USA – 4460000
Saudi Arabia – 3255864
Malaysia – 2975000
UAE – 2803751
Myanmar – 2008690
UK – 1825000
Sri Lanka – 1614000
South Africa – 1560000
Canada – 1016185
Kuwait – 919354
Mauritius – 894500
Oman – 783959
Qatar – 697500
Singapore – 650000
Nepal – 600000
Trinidad & Tobago – 556800
Australia – 496000
France – 456470
Bahrain – 316175
Fiji – 315198
Guyana – 297793
Netherlands – 235000
New Zealand – 200000
Italy – 197301
Thailand – 195000
Germany – 169602
Suriname – 154471
Philippines – 120000
Indonesia – 107500

HOW THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA DEFINES THEM

NRI: An Indian citizen who is ordinarily residing outside India and holds an Indian Passport

PIO: A person who or whose any of ancestors was an Indian national and who is presently holding another country’s citizenship/nationality i.e. he/she is holding foreign passport

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder: A person registered as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955

HOW CAN THEY ACQUIRE INDIAN CITIZENSHIP?

NRI: He/she is an Indian Citizen

PIO: As per section 5(1)(a) & 5(1)(c) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, he/she has to be ordinarily resident in India for a period of 7 years before making an application for registration.

OCI Cardholder: As per section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act,1955, a person registered as an OCI cardholder for 5 years and who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve months before making an application for registration is eligible for grant of Indian citizenship.

INDIAN DIASPORA ACCORDING TO UN SURVEY – AS IN 2015
Trends in International Migrant Stock – conducted by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

16 Million: India (Largest diaspora population in the world)
12 Million: Mexico

244 MILLION – POPULATION OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS IN 2015 – IT INCLUDES 20 MILLION REFUGEES

WHERE THEY ARE HOSTED

76 Million: Asia
75 Million: Europe

Countries with largest number of international migrants: Asia (11 countries), Europe (6 countries), Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Northern America (1 each).

*Data from Government of and United Nations resources

©SantoshChaubey

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MODI AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: A PROUD INDIAN MOMENT EXCEPT..

It is true the kind of overseas following Narendra Modi has cultivated has been unmatched for any contemporary Indian leader.

And he has done it meticulously and consciously.

The strong Indian Diaspora in many developed countries and a large Gujarati Diaspora in the US has been an added benefit to him, a Diaspora that has always been one of the major stakeholders of his ‘Gujarati Identity and Pride’ campaign. And that is what is being reflected in Indians giving him a rockstar sort of welcome at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City while writing this.

And it is a moment for every Indian to feel proud, especially after his appearance at the Central Park music concert earlier in the day, a gathering of almost 60000, most of them being American students. Though most in the audience would not know him, Modi was received well and his address in English was taken in the spirit of his message, ‘may the force be with you’.

But that doesn’t give anyone to go unhinged, to attack or abuse someone.

A senior Indian journalist was abused and assaulted by a person from a group of people gathered outside the Madison Square Garden to welcome Mr. Modi.

The sequence of events was caught on camera and what the world didn’t see clearly told what happened really. The whole episode was certainly in bad taste and a very bad publicity in the name of the Indian ethos if we see it in the context of the understated and biased reporting in the Western (and the US media) on Modi’s US visit so far.

No Indian including our prime minister would ever want to see such spectacle being created on a foreign land.

it is utterly condemnable, especially after the UNGA speech by the prime minister that emphasized on Indian philosophy and culture and talked of establishing and celebrating an International Yoga Day.

This is not at all about the Indian tradition of brotherhood and solidarity.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/