Indian Population in Reunion Islands 2022

Indian Population in Réunion (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 297,300 (2.97 Lakhs) Indians residing in Réunion ( France). Out of which around

  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 297,000 (2.97 Lakhs)
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 300

read about Population of Overseas Indians

Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.

Indians in Réunion (France)

Indians make around 25% of theRéunion Islands population & approx population of Indians in Réunion (France) as of 2021 is 3 Lakhs. They form two ethnic groups on the island, Malbars (Tamils) and Zarabes (Muslims).  In Réunion, Indians from South India, often Hindu, are known as Malbars and Muslim Indians are known as Zarabes. Originally brought in as indentured laborers, mostly from Madras Presidency. The next largest group was from North Indian Hindus, speaking Hindi, Bhojpuri, and Gujarati. The smallest group was Muslims, mostly from Gujarat.

Regions with significant populations

  • St André
  • St Denis
  • St Louis

Source: Wikipedia


Religion of Indian population in Réunion Islands

 Hinduism is the majority religion followed by Christians & Islam. Others are Sikh, Baháʼí, or non-religious.