Indians in Tanzania

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Indians in Tanzania
Watanzania wenye asili ya Kihindi  (Swahili)
Total population
c. 60,000 (2015)[1][a]
Regions with significant populations
Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar
Punjabi, Sindhi, Gujarati, Kutchi, Kiswahili, English, Hindi
Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism; significant minorities Christianity
Related ethnic groups
PIO, NRI and Desi

a.^ includes about 10,000 expatriates
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets members of Indian community in Dar es Salaam, 10 July 2016

There are currently over 50,000 people of Indian origin in Tanzania. Many of them are traders and they control a sizeable portion of the Tanzanian economy. Indians have a long history in Tanzania starting with the arrival of Gujarati traders in the 19th century. They came to gradually control the trade in Zanzibar. Many of the buildings constructed then still remain in Stone Town, the focal trading point on the island.

Migration from Tanzania[edit]

As a result of anti-Indian sentiment in post-independence Tanzania (beginning with the presidency of Julius Nyerere), many Indians migrated overseas to India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, among other nations.

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "India - Tanzania Relations" (PDF). Ministry of External Affairs. 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. Tanzania has about 50,000 PIOs.. There are about 10,000 Indian nationals [expatriates].