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Indians in Germany

Indians in Germany
The first Indian international student arrives in the then-East German city of Dresden in 1951 to enroll at the Dresden University of Technology
Total population
approx. 110,001
English, German, various languages of India
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indians and People of Indian Origin

The community of Indians in Germany includes Indian expatriates in Germany, as well as German citizens of Indian origin or descent. In 2009, the German government estimated that the number of people of Indian descent residing in Germany at 110,204. Of which 43,175 people were holding an Indian passport, while 67,029 were holding a German passport.[1]


In the 1950s and 1960s numerous Indian men came to study in Germany. Some of them returned to India; most of them stayed in Germany for work. In the late 1960s and 1970s, many Malayali Catholic women from Kerala were recruited by the German Catholic institutions to work as nurses in German hospitals.[2] Until 1973, when Germany ceased issuing working visas for guest workers, German companies hired many Indians as engineers or computer scientists. In 2001, the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder issued the German green card for IT professionals, which brought another 20,000 Indians to Germany. Indian IT professionals working in Germany on green cards are primarily men. 2001 statistics showed just 7.8% were women.[3]

Modern era

Hundreds of schools in India have signed up to teach students German as their primary foreign language as part of an effort by Germany's top technical colleges to attract more Indian workers.[4]

Notable people

Inclusion in this list is based on present or previous citizenship or residence in Germany and one or more of the following characteristics:

— notability for activities touching on India(n)-related issues,
— the individual's ethnic background has merited non-trivial coverage in widely received media,
— prominence in an India(n)-related organisation.



  1. ^ Bundesamt für Flüchtlinge und Migration, Dr. habil. Sonja Haug Stephanie Müssig, M.A. Dr. Anja Stichs (Hrsg): Muslimisches Leben in Deutschland, 2009: page 76, chart 5
  2. ^ Goel 2008, p. 57
  3. ^ Van Hoven & Meijering 2005, p. 78
  4. ^


Further reading

External links

  • Connecting Indians in Germany
  • Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft
  • Indians in Germany
  • Indien-Institut in Munich/Bavaria ; attached to Völkerkundemuseum
  • - German NRI portal
  • Escape from East Germany 1972, autobiographical account of an Indian Ph.D. student in Dresden who married an East German woman
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