Indians in the Netherlands

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Indians in the Netherlands
India Netherlands
Total population
32,682 (2016)[1]
Regions with significant populations
The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Zoetermeer, Almere, Eindhoven
English, Dutch, Caribbean Hindustani, Standard Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Sranan Tongo, Tamil other Indian languages
Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin, Indo-Surinamese

Indians in the Netherlands are residents of Indian origin in the Netherlands. Most of the people of Indian descent in the Netherlands are of Indo-Surinamese origin. More recently the flow of emigrants from India has increased.



After the Dutch government signed a treaty with the United Kingdom on the recruitment of contract workers, the Indians began migrating to Suriname in 1873 from what was then British India as indentured labourers, many from the modern-day Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and the surrounding regions. Just before and just after the independence of Suriname on 25 November 1975 many Indo-Surinamese emigrated to the Netherlands, mainly because of the uncertain future that awaited them. A large part of this population was against the detachment of the Netherlands.

Currently there are more than 120,000 Indo-Surinamese living in the Netherlands, of which the majority, about 50,000, in The Hague and surroundings.[citation needed]


In December 2001 the High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora estimated the population of PIO's and Indian citizens at 215,000.[2] According to the Dutch governmental institution Statistics Netherlands (CBS), in January 2016, 32,682 people had their origin from immigrants from India.[3] The Embassy of India states that the Netherlands has the "second largest population of people of Indian origin in Europe (next only to UK)" and that it is "home to about 220,000 Indian and Surinamese Hindustani Diaspora."[4] The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT) states the there are about 25,000 Indians or persons of Indian origin, excluding the Surinamese Hindustanis.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Organisation working with Indians and businesses[edit]

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  2. ^ Report of the High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspora December 2001.
  3. ^ "CBS StatLine - Population; sex, age, origin and generation, 1 January". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ Embassy of India: Indian Community in Netherlands.
  5. ^ NICCT: Growing Indian Community in The Netherlands.

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