Nigerians in India

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Nigerians in India
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Bangalore · Chennai · Mumbai ·  · Kolkata ·  · Thane · Jaipur · New Delhi · Goa
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Nigerian people

Nigerians in India form one of the largest African communities in the country. As of November 2013, there are about 50,000 Nigerians living and working in India. They live in cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa and Jaipur.[1][2]


It is estimated that there are more than 2,500 Nigerians living in Delhi and 3,000 in Bangalore, with another 4,000 spread across the rest of the country. Neither the police nor the Nigerian High Commission has details of the number of Nigerians currently residing in India.[3] Many Nigerians are also found in several unauthorized colonies like Munirka, Uttam Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar.[4]

Inter-ethnic relations[edit]

Nigerians have a negative public image in Indian society. This is because some Nigerians were involved in illegal activities in India such as drug trafficking, drug abuse, prostitution trafficking, fraud and forgery of travel documents, such as passports and visas, trafficking in stolen documents. There are also more than 500 known Nigerians in various jails across India.[2][5]


The All India Nigerian Students and Community Association (AINSCA), a non-official arm of the Nigerian embassy helps members of the community living in India. It liaisons proactively with Delhi police to nab unscrupulous elements in the community.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Why are Nigerians leaving India's Goa state?". BBC. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "‘More than 500 Nigerians in Indian jails’", Vanguard, 11 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Fall from Race", India Today, 18 June 2011.
  4. ^ "On Delhi’s vilified Nigerian migrants ", Sunday Guardian, 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Goans annoyed with Nigerians, their way of life: CM Parsekar". Panaji, India: Indian Express. May 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Being African in India: 'We are seen as demons'". Aljazeera. Retrieved June 26, 2016.