Indians in Brunei

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Indians in Brunei
Total population
10,000
2.3% of the Bruneian population (2012)
Languages
Tamil · Malay · Malayalam · Punjabi · Hindi · English
Religion
Hinduism · Islam · Christianity · Sikhism
Related ethnic groups
Indian Indonesians · Malaysian Indian · Indian Singaporeans

Indians in Brunei consist of expatriate professionals and permanent settlers from India to Brunei. According to the Government of India, there are 10,000 Indians living and working in the country.[1]

History[edit]

Indians in Brunei have had a notable presence in the country since the colonial days, however there are records from the Europeans who visited the region that there were people from the Indian Subcontinent already living there prior to European colonisation.[2] According to United Nations statistics, the Indian population was counted in the Brunei census since the year of 1947. In 1971, Indians made up 1.6% of the population.[3]

Employment[edit]

The number of Indian nationals working in Brunei had increased since 2009.[4] There are many Indian doctors and engineers working in Brunei and there are others working in the education sector, both at school and university or college level as professors and teachers as well as research personnel.

Other areas where Indians are employed include IT, oil and gas and mercantile.[5]

Ethnicity and Religion[edit]

Ethnic Tamils form the majority group of Indians in Brunei. Other groups include Malayalis, Punjabis and Sindhis. Tamil New Year and Onam are celebrated in the country.[6]

The Indian community of Brunei consists of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. Hinduism is the dominant religion amongst the Indian community however Islam also forms a significant portion of the belief systems amongst the Indians.[7] Brunei's 50-year-old Hindu Welfare Board functions as a Hindu religious organisation with approximately 3000 members and there are two small Hindu temples in the country.[8] The Sikh community consists of 500 people.

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