Indians in French Guiana

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Indians in French Guiana
Total population
19,276[1]
Regions with significant populations
Cayenne
Languages
French · French Guiana Creole · Tamil · Other Languages of India
Religion
Hinduism & Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Caribbean · Tamil Diaspora

Indians in French Guiana are mostly descendants of indentured labourers from India who live in the French Overseas Department of French Guiana.

They are often referred to as Indians or East Indians and make up of 4% of the population.

Migration History[edit]

The Indian community in French Guiana are mostly descendants of indentured workers and immigrants from French Indian colonies such as Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam.[2] Labour from India began to enter French Guiana beginning in 1862. By the mid-1880s, however, the British stopped shipments of Indians in response to allegations that the French were ill treating indentured the Indian workers under their employ.[3]

In recent years, immigrants of East Indian origin have been arriving from French Guiana's neighboring countries such as Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

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