Indians in Indonesia
India has the largest diaspora in the world and 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 120,000 (1.20 Lakhs) Indians residing in Indonesia. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 111,500 (1.11 lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 8500
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indian Population in Indonesia
Though there are no official figures, it is estimated that there are around 25,000 PIOs/NRIs living in Indonesia, of whom the Indian expatriate community registered with the Embassy and the Consulate in Medan numbers around 75,000.
- Banda Aceh
Religion of Indian population in Indonesia
Buddhism and Hinduism originally arrived in Indonesia from India and spread over the centuries. Later, with the rise of Islam, this religion was brought to Indonesia by the Indian Muslims from the 11th century onward, first not to replace the existing religious systems, but to complement them.
Indians have diverse religious backgrounds and are represented mainly by Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. The majority follow Hinduism and Christianity. 1.74% of Indonesia’s population were Hindu, and 0.77% are Buddhist. Most Indonesian Hindus are Balinese.
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