Indian Population in France
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 119,000 (1.19 Lakhs) Indians residing in France. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 90,000
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 19,000
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indians in France
Indians make around less than .1% of the France population & approx population of Indians in France as of 2021 is 1.20 Lakhs. A majority of the Indian community hails from the former French colonies in India,i.e Puducherry and Chandannagar. Later arrivals to mainland France were mostly Gujaratis, Keralites and Indians from Mauritius, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, the Seychelles, Réunion, and Madagascar.
NRI population in France are expats from India & number around 20000. Indian Expats have recently immigrated especially information technology professionals.
As of 2000, there were an estimated 65,000 Indians living in metropolitan France, in addition to 300,000 Indians in the French overseas departments and regions of Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana.
Religion of Indian population in France
Indian French have diverse religious backgrounds & represented mainly by Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. Hinduism are in majority followed by Christians.