Indian Population in Suriname 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 Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 237,205 (2.37 Lakhs) Indians residing in Suriname. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 237,000 (2.37 Lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 205
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indians in Suriname (Indo-Surinamese)
Indo-Surinamese make around 28% of the Suriname population & approx population of Indians in Suriname as of 2021 is 2 Lakhs. Indians in Suriname can trace their ancestors back to northern India, especially the Bhojpur and Awadh region of the Hindi Belt & some Indians from southern India. Indians first arrived in Suriname as indentured laborers from 1845 till 1917 and some Indians later came as entrepreneurs beginning in the mid-20th century and continuing till the present day.
Indo-Surinamese made up 37.6% of the population in the 1972 Census. Following the independence of Suriname on 25 November 1975, a significant portion of the Indo-Surinamese population migrated to the Netherlands, thereby retaining their Dutch passport.
Religion of Indian population in Suriname
Hinduism is the majority religion followed by Indo-Surinamese. Minority religions is Islam, Jainism & Christianity. The breakdown of religious affiliation for Indo-Surinamese is as follows
- Hinduism – 78%
- Islam – 13%
- Christians – 7%
- Others – 2%