90% of Kerala’s 23.63 Lakh Diaspora is in the Middle East

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As much as 90 percent of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh (2.363 million) diaspora is in the various Middle East countries, says a study released on 17 September 2014.

The Kerala Migration Survey (KMS)-2014 shows that the United Arab Emirates has attracted 38.7 percent of the Kerala emigrants and retains its first position while Saudi Arabia comes second with 25.2 percent.

The total number of Kerala diaspora is estimated to be 23.63 lakh.

These numbers indicate that emigration from Kerala has been increasing since 1998. Although the number of emigrants has increased between 2011 and 2014, emigrants per household have decreased during the period.

Ten percent of the Kerala diaspora is outside the Gulf region, principally in the US and Britain. While the relative share of Kerala emigrants in Britain has increased, that in the US has gone down.

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