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Indian community of Spain

The Indian community of Spain form one of the smaller populations of the Indian diaspora According to the statistics of India's Ministry of External Affairs, they number only 35,000, or 007% of the population of Spain2 2009 statistics of Spain's Instituto Nacional de Estadística showed 35,686 Indian citizens in Spain; this figure does not include persons of Indian origin holding other citizenships1 Most Indians originally migrated to Spain from Africa, while others came from India and even Japan and Southeast Asia3


  • 1 Migration history
  • 2 Religion
  • 3 Business
  • 4 Spanish people of Indian descent
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
    • 61 Notes
    • 62 Sources

Migration historyedit

Sindhi traders and shopkeepers thrived in the free ports of the Spanish Canary Islands of Las Palmas and Tenerife following the imposition of import and foreign exchange restrictions in Spain after second world war They conducted a brisk trade with the North African continent from Las Palmas When Ceuta and Melilla, parts of Spanish Morocco, were also declared as free ports, Indian businessmen set up trading houses and retail shops catering to the tourist trade3

The next wave of Indians to go to Spain were descendants of Indian labourers from former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea By the mid-seventies, there were over 200 Indian trading houses in Ceuta and Melilla With the liberalisation in import policies introduced in the eighties, business activity shifted to the port cities of Malaga and Barcelona Madrid also attracted many Indian businessmen3


Sindhis and Sikhs form the majority of the Indian community3 Spain has recognized three entities of Hinduism4 The community celebrates various Indian festivals Rath Yatras are also taken out by members of the Hare Rama Hare Krishna movement with the enthusiastic support of the Indian community3 There are temples in Valencia, Ceuta, and Canary Islands There are some Gurdwaras as well in big cities of Spain, like Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Murcia, and Valenciacitation needed


The Indian community in Spain enjoys a good reputation Indians are considered hard working, non-political and peaceful The Indian community has integrated well with Spanish society3 There are many Indian restaurants in the island of Mallorca The majority of Indian people living in Mallorca have their own business such as stores, restaurants, call centres, or Indian grocery storescitation needed

Currently, the largest Hindu community in Spain is in the Canary Islands,5 especially on the island of Tenerife67

Several electronics and camera stores owned by Indians in the Canary Islands have been acussed of being a fraud89 In 2016 the Danish tv program "Svindlerjagt" Eng: Swindler Hunt, went to Gran Canaria to expose several electronics stores which scammed Danish customers10

Spanish people of Indian descentedit

  • Sagar Prakash Khatnani, born in Tenerife, is a prolific writer of novels
  • Robert Masih Nahar, member of the Spanish senate
  • Ma Anand Yashu, flutist
  • Vashi Domínguez, entrepreneur
  • Raimon Panikkar, priest and advocate of interfaith dialogue
  • Prakash Sunderdas, economist and member of Ciudadanos1112

See alsoedit

  • Hinduism in Spain



  1. ^ a b INE 2009
  2. ^ Singhvi 2000, p 137
  3. ^ a b c d e f Singhvi 2000, p 154
  4. ^ IRF 2006
  5. ^ ""Nuestros negocios son ahora las inmobiliarias, la medicina y el derecho"" Webeldiaes 16 December 2007 Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  6. ^ Tenerife, La Opinión de "Los hindúes honran a sus dioses en Arona" Laopiniones Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  7. ^ Tenerife, La Opinión de "Vikram Misri: "La comunidad india de Tenerife es una de las mayores del país"" Laopiniones Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  8. ^ "The Tenerife Camera Scam - How it Works" Etenerfifecom 2 April 2013 Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  9. ^ "Cheap Electronics in Gran Canaria – A Word of Warning – The Cunning Canary" Cunningcanarycom Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  10. ^ "Svindlerjagt - Season 1 - Episode 6 - Kanal 5 Home - Dplay -" Dplaydk Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  11. ^ "Piku Sunderdas aclara que no deja la política, ni tampoco Ciudadanos — El Pueblo de Ceuta" Elpueblodeceutaes Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  12. ^ Actualidad, Ceuta "Sunderdas será el candidato de Ciudadanos al Congreso" Ceuta Actualidad Retrieved 29 August 2017 


  • Singhvi, L M 2000, "Other Countries of Europe", Report of the High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspora PDF, New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs, pp 133–156 
  • "Spain", International Religious Freedom Report, United States: Department of State, 2006 
  • "Población extranjera por sexo, país de nacionalidad y edad hasta 85 y más", Avance del Padrón a 1 de enero de 2009 Datos provisionales, Spain: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, 2009, archived from the original on 2009-12-14, retrieved 2009-06-13 

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