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A UN study shows that in the five-year period from 2010 to 2015, India displaced Russia as the country with the largest diaspora in the world.
Today, a total of 15.6 million people born in India are living across all continents. The rate of migration to foreign countries has increased by half compared to 10 years ago.
Between 1990 and 2010, Russia was topping the list of migrants but its diaspora was concentrated in a few countries like Israel.
In 2000, both India and Russia had equal number of diaspora equating to 10.8million from each country.
Top 10 destinations for Indians
Top ten migrating destinations for Indians presently includes U.S., Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, UAE, UK, France, Canada, Spain and Australia.
U.S. is now home for 20 lakh Indians, which only allows highly qualified professional Indians to reside.
UAE, topped as most preferred aboard destination among Indians due to maximum job opportunities it offers.
Boost after economic growth
Paradoxically enough, the spike in Indian migration happened after the country’s economy moved into a high-growth path.
As per the UN report, between 2010 and 2015, the percent of migration in the country rose to 17.5percent.
India’s diaspora last dropped to the lowest of 3percent in 2005 and since then, the percentage is only shooting.
5.5 million women migrants
The same report shows as 4.8 million women migrating out of the country in 2010. The same number shoots to 5.5 million in 2015.
Australia, which is on the other corner of the globe, comes high up on the list with 4 lakh Indians. Even a tiny country like Bermuda has around 500 Indians living there.