Indians in Germany

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Indians in Germany
India Germany
Total population
0.199% of the German Population
Regions with significant populations
Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt
English, German, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi and various languages of India
Related ethnic groups
Indian diaspora

The community of Germans with Indian background 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.[2]


In early to late 1960s and 1970s, many Malayali Catholic women from Kerala were recruited by the German Catholic institutions to work as nurses in German hospitals.[3] The documentary ‘Translated lives’, says that around 5,000 women migrated from Kerala during the 1960s and 70s to become nurses there. [4]

Modern era[edit]

Germany has become a popular destination for higher learning, and of the total student population in Germany about 12% are International students.[5] 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 students.[6] As a result, there has been a steady increase in the Indian student population in Germany which has quadrupled in 7 years since 2008.[7][8] Of these, more than 80% Indian students pursue their studies or research in the STEM fields i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.[9]

Academic year No. of Indian students enrolled in German universities
2008-09 3,516[7]
2011-12 5,998[8]
2012-13 7,532[7]
2013-14 10,000[10]
2014-15 11,860[9]
2015-16 13,740[8]
2017-18 17,570[11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Population in private households according to migration background in the broader sense according to selected countries of birth". DeStatis (Federal Office of Statistics). Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Goel 2008, p. 57
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Germany welcomes record number of Indian students: Study in Germany". Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Germany to Indian students: Willkommen!". Washington Post. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Indian students' enrolment in German universities up more than 100% in 5 years". Times of India. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Number of Indian students in Germany doubles". 2 June 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Germany scores high for students; record growth in Indians studying in Germany for 2014-15". Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  10. ^ "'In last 5 years, intake of Indian students in German universities has doubled'". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. ^ "'Germany welcomes record number of indian students in 2018-2019'". 22 August 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Anuradha-Doddaballapur". Deutscher Cricket Bund (in German). Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Frauen-Nationalmannschaft auf England-Tour". Deutscher Cricket Bund (in German). 4 July 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2019.

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