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 estatimated the number of people of Indian descent residing in Germany at 110,204. Of which 43,175 people were only holding an Indian passport, while 67,029 were holding a German passport.
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. 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.
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