Indian Population in Saudi Arabia 2021
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 2018 Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 2,594,947 (25.95 Lakhs) Indians residing in Saudi Arabia.
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 2,592,166( 25.92 Lakhs)
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 2781
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indians in Saudi Arabia 2021
Indians make around 10 – 13 % of the Saudi Arabia population and are the largest community of expatriates in Saudi Arabia. The population of Indians in Saudi Arabia as of 2021 is 28 – 30 Lakhs. Some of the cities where Indians expats are in large numbers are
- Riyadh – 10 Lakhs
- Jeddah – 60-70K
Of the nearly 30 lakh Indians working in Saudi Arabia, expat Malayalees form the largest chunk, at 40%, followed by those from Telangana, at 20-25%. The remaining expat workers hailing from Maharashtra, UP, and Rajasthan. From Telangana, the most number of NRIs are from Hyderabad, Karimnagar, and Nizamabad.
Religion of Indian population in Saudi Arabia
Among Indian expats you will find a range of communities of faith, Majority of Indias are Muslims & others include Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Christian. A study conducted in 2010 found that 93% of people living in the Kingdom were Muslim; less than 5% were Christians. The rest of the population included Buddhists, Hindus, practicers of folk religion, and people who practiced other or no faiths.