Indian Population in Philippines
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 120,000 (1.20 Lakhs) Indians residing in Philippines. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 15,000
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 105,000 (1.05 Lakhs)
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indian Filipinos are Filipinos of Indian descent who have historical connections with and have established themselves in what is now the Philippines. The term refers to Filipino citizens of either pure or mixed Indian descent currently residing in the country, the latter a result of intermarriages between the Indians and local populations.
Archaeological evidence shows the existence of trade between the Indian subcontinent and the Philippine Islands at least since the ninth and tenth centuries B.C. According to the National Geographic, 3% of the average Filipino’s genes are of South Asian origin, which equates to nearly 3,300,000.
As of 2006, between 70 and 75 percent of Indians in the Philippines lived in Metro Manila, with the largest community outside of Manila being in Isabela province
Most of the Indians and Indian Filipinos in the Philippines are Sindhi and Punjabi as well as a large Tamil population. Over the last three decades, a large number expats have migrated to Philippines, especially Manila. Indian Filipino companies with the largest work force include Indo Phil Textile (1,800 employees), Global Steel (950 employees and 8,000 in Iligan), Hinduja Global (3,500 workers) and Aegis People Support (over 12,000).
Regions with significant populations
- Metro Manila
- Cebu City
- Cagayan de Oro
Religion of Indian population in Philippines
Most of the Indian Filipinos and Indian expatriates are Hindu, Sikh or Muslims, but have assimilated into Filipino culture.As of 2016, there are over 50,000 Punjabi Indians alone in the Philippines