Indian Population in Sri Lanka 2022
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 1,614,000 (16.14 Lakhs) Indians residing in Sri Lanka. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 1,600,000 (16 Lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 14000
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indians Tamils in Sri Lanka
Indians in Sri Lanka refer to Indians or people of Indian ancestry mainly Tamils living in Sri Lanka. They are partly descended from workers sent from South India to Sri Lanka in the 19th and 20th centuries to work in coffee, tea, and rubber plantations. Some also migrated on their own as merchants and as other service providers. These Tamil-speakers mostly live in the central highlands, also known as the Malayakam or Hill Country yet others are also found in major urban areas and in the Northern province.
Tamil Indians make around 5.5 percent of the Sri Lanka population & as per the 2018 MEA report there are 16 lakhs people of Indian Origi9n in Sri Lanka
Regions with significant populations of Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka
- Central Province – 484,429
- Uva Province – 154,252
- Sabaragamuwa – 104,063
- Western – 61,826
Religion of Indian Origin population in Sri Lanka
Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka are mostly Hindus with a minority of Buddishim, Christians, and Muslims amongst them.
- Hindus. – 90%
- Christianity – 7.6%
- Others – 2.4%