Indian Population in Thailand
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 195,000 (1.95 Lakhs) Indians residing in Thailand. Out of which around
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 175,000 (1.75 Lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 20000
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indians in Thailand
Thai Indians are Thai citizens of Indian ancestry & approx population of Indians in Thailand as of 2021 is 2 Lakhs. They are descendants of those who migrated from India to Thai during the 19th & 20th Centuries. Most of the Indians arrived in the last century, notably from Tamil Nadu and other areas of Southern India. Some others came from Northern India such as Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and some from Gujarat. Buddhism and Hinduism originally arrived in Thailand from India and spread over the centuries.
Indians Expats make around 2% of the expat population. As per the Thai Census about 65,000 Indian Thais have full Thai citizenship, but estimates tells around 400,000 persons of Indian origin settled in Thailand mainly in the urban cities.
Regions with significant populations
- Chiang Mai
Religion of Indian population in Thailand
The Indian community which mostly consists of Tamils follows Hinduism as the main faith. Hinduism and Buddhism were brought to the Thailand from India around the 2nd century AD. The religion wise Indian population in Thailand is as follows