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

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