Indian population in United Kingdom 2021

Indian Population in United Kingdom 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 1,764,000 (17.64 Lakhs) Indians residing in the United Kingdom.

  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 1,413,000 ( 14.13 Lakhs) 
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 351,000(3.51 Lakhs)

Source: 2018 MEA report about overseas Indian population.

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British Indian Population 2021

The British Indian community is the sixth-largest in the Indian diaspora, behind the Indian communities in the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Nepal. The majority of British Indians are of Punjabi and Gujarati descent, with smaller communities of Tamilian, Bengali, Malayali, Konkani, Marathi and Telugu communities.

Indians make around 2.3% of the United Kingdom population & approx population of Indians in the United Kingdom as of 2021 is 16 Lakhs.  As per the UK Census of 2011, Total Indian Population in the United Kingdom is 1,451,862 ( 14.51 Lakhs). People born in India are the UK’s largest foreign-born population, totaling an estimated 734,000 in 2013.

Some of the regions in the United Kingdom where Indians are in large numbers are

  • London –  542,857 (6.6%)
  • West Midlands – 185,271 (3.9%)
  • South East – 152,132 (1.8%)
  • East Midlands – 86,736 (3.20%)
  • East – 115,600 (1.5%)
  • Yorkshire and the Humber – 69,252 (1.3%)
  • South West – 34,188 
  • North East – 15,817 
  • Scotland – 32,706 
  • Wales – 17,256 
  • Northern Ireland – 6,198 
Cities with large Indian  populations
  • London – 6 lakhs
  • Leicester  – 1 Lakh
  • Birmingham – 70 thousand
  • Wolverhampton – 33 thousand

Source: Wikipedia

Religion of Indian population in United Kingdom

British Indians have diverse religious backgrounds & although the plurality of British Indians are Hindu, the UK is home to the second-largest Sikh community outside India. There are also significant numbers of Muslim and Christian British Indians.  

Indian Punjabis (Hindu & Sikhs) form 45% of British Indians. Gujaratis, Bengalis, and the Malayalis, Konkani, Telgu are other British Indian groups. The religious percentage of the Indian population in the United Kingdom is as follows

  • Hindus – 49% 
  • Sikhs – 22% 
  • Muslims – 14%
  • Christians -10% 
  • Others – 5%