Indians in Germany

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Germans with Indian background
Total population

161,000 [1]

86,324 (citizens)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Dortmund
English, German, Tamil and various languages of India
Related ethnic groups
Non-resident Indians and People of Indian Origin

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.[3]


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.[4] Until 1973, when Germany ceased issuing working visas for guest workers, German companies hired many Indians as engineers. In 2001, the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder issued the German green card for IT professionals, which brought another 20,000 Indians to Germany.[citation needed] Indian IT professionals working in Germany on green cards are primarily men. 2001 statistics showed just 7.8% were women.[5]

Modern era[edit]

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]

Notable people[edit]

Inclusion in this list is based on present or previous citizenship or residence in Germany and one or more of the following characteristics:

— notability for activities touching on India(n)-related issues,
— the individual's ethnic background has merited non-trivial coverage in widely received media,
— prominence in an India(n)-related organisation.




  • Van Hoven, Bettina; Meijering, Louise (2005), "Transient Masculinities: Indian IT-professionals in Germany", in Van Hoven, Bettina; Hörschelmann, Kathrin, Spaces of masculinities, Critical geographies, 20, Routledge, pp. 75–85, ISBN 978-0-415-30696-6 
  • Goel, Urmila (2008), "The Seventieth Anniversary of 'John Matthew': On 'Indian' Christians in Germany", in Jacobsen, Knut A.; Raj, Selva J., South Asian Christian Diaspora: Invisible Diaspora in Europe and North America, Ashgate Publishing, pp. 57–74, ISBN 978-0-7546-6261-7 

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