Indians in Fiji
India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.
As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 315,198 (3.15 Lakhs) Indians residing in Fiji. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 313,798 (3.14 Lakh)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) -1400
read about Population of Overseas Indians
Indo Fijians Population
Indians make up around 38% of the Fiji population and approx population of Indians in Fiji as of 2023 is 3.20 Lakhs. The vast majority of Indo-Fijians trace their origins to the area of modern-day Bihar and South India. The major home districts of Fiji’s North Indian laborers were Basti, Gonda, Faizabad, Sultanpur, and Azamgarh. Others (in a smaller quantity) originated in the Tamil and Telugu regions and free immigrants came from Gujarat.
Indo-Fijians are concentrated in the so-called Sugar Belt and in cities and towns on the northern and western coasts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Religion of Indian population in Fiji
According to the 1996 census, 76.7% of Indians are Hindus and a further 15.9% are Muslims. Christians comprise 6.1% of the Indian population, while about 0.9% are members of the Sikh faith. The remaining 0.4% are mostly non-religious.