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Indians in Germany

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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 passport2


  • 1 History
  • 2 Modern era
  • 3 Notable people
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links


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 hospitals3 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 Germanycitation needed Indian IT professionals working in Germany on green cards are primarily men 2001 statistics showed just 78% were women4

Modern eraedit

Germany has become a popular destination for higher learning, and of the total student population in Germany about 12% are International students5 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 students6 As a result, there has been a steady increase in the Indian student population in Germany which has quadrupled in 7 years since 200878 Of these, more than 80% Indian students pursue their studies or research in the STEM fields ie, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics9 There are also Indians in Germany who actively take up and organize lectures and discussions on relevant social and political issues1011 In 2016, many students and research fellows at the University of Göttingen, and Goethe Institute Göttingen took part in the Dalit Asmita Yatra meaning, Dalit Pride March12 In July 2017, the first International Conference on Periyar Self-Respect Movement was organized at the University of Cologne to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the Self-Respect Movement that started in 192613

Academic year No of Indian students enrolled in German universities
2008-09 3,5167
2011-12 5,9988
2012-13 7,5327
2013-14 about 10,00014
2014-15 11,8609
2015-16 13,7408

Notable peopleedit

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 Indian-related issues, — the individual's ethnic background has merited non-trivial coverage in widely received media, — prominence in an Indian-related organisation
  • Sandeep Bhagwati, composer
  • Rahul Peter Das, South Asianist Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, board member of the EuroIndia Centre
  • Robin Dutt, football club manager
  • Sebastian Edathy, member of the German parliament Social Democratic Party
  • Collien Fernandes, media person
  • Shanta Ghosh, sprinter
  • Gujjula Ravindra Reddy, member of the state parliament of Brandenburg and former mayor of Altlandsberg
  • Anant Kumar, author
  • Judith Lefeber, singer
  • Subrata K Mitra, political scientist Heidelberg University
  • Xavier Naidoo, singer
  • Anita Bose Pfaff, economist, daughter of Subhas Chandra Bose
  • Kamala Reddy, Hindu guru
  • Sabrina Setlur, singer and ex-girlfriend of Boris Becker
  • Shweta Shetty, singer
  • Indira Weis, singer
  • Josef Winkler, member of the German parliament Alliance '90/The Greens
  • Atul Chitnis, open-source software developer
  • Tino Sehgal, Berlin-based artist of Indian and British descent
  • Irshad Panjatan, Berlin-based actor and mime artist of Indian descent


  1. ^ "Immigration from outside Europe almost doubled" Federal Institute for Population Research Retrieved 1 March 2017 
  2. ^ Bundesamt für Flüchtlinge und Migration, Dr habil Sonja Haug Stephanie Müssig, MA Dr Anja Stichs Hrsg: Muslimisches Leben in Deutschland, 2009: page 76, chart 5
  3. ^ Goel 2008, p 57
  4. ^ Van Hoven & Meijering 2005, p 78
  5. ^ "Germany welcomes record number of Indian students: Study in Germany" Careerindiacom 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" Timeshighereducationcom 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" Blogseconomictimesindiatimescom/ Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  10. ^ "Exhibits at the Anti-Caste Photo Exhibition in Germany" Velivadacom Retrieved 2017-08-29 
  11. ^ "Anti Caste Photo Exhibition at University of Magdeburg Otto Von Guericke Germany" Velivadacom Retrieved 2017-08-29 
  12. ^ "Dalit Asmita Yatra sends ripples across the globe" Times of India Retrieved 29 August 2017 
  13. ^ "International Periyar Self Respect Conference Movement in Cologne Germany" Velivadacom Retrieved 2017-08-29 
  14. ^ "‘In last 5 years, intake of Indian students in German universities has doubled’" Indianexpresscom 22 August 2015 Retrieved 29 August 2017 

Further readingedit

  • 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 
  • Meijering, Louise; Van Hoven, Bettina 2003, "Imagining difference: The experiences of 'transnational' Indian IT-professionals in Germany" PDF, Area, 35 2: 175–182, doi:101111/1475-476200253 
  • Lal, Brij V; Reeves, Peter; Reeves, Rajesh, eds 2006, "Germany", The encyclopedia of the Indian diaspora, University of Hawaii Press, pp 358–362, ISBN 978-0-8248-3146-2 
  • Goel, Urmila 2007, "'Indians in Germany': The imagination of a community" PDF, UNEAC Asia Papers, 20 
  • Goel, Urmila 2008 "'Half Indians', Adopted 'Germans' and 'Afghan Indians' On Claims of 'Indianness' and their contestations in Germany" Transforming Cultures eJournal 3 1 doi:105130/tfcv3i1676 
  • Goel, Urmila 2008, "The German Internet Portal Indernet: A Space for Multiple Belongingness", in Goggin, Gerard; McLelland, Mark, Internationalizing Internet Studies: Beyond Anglophone Paradigms, Routledge advances in internationalizing media studies, 2, Taylor & Francis, pp 128–144, ISBN 978-0-415-95625-3 

External linksedit

  • Indians in Magdeburg - a student initiative that helps and provides useful information to non-German speakers, especially Indian students
  • Magdeburg Indians- Magdeburg Indians eV - a private organization registered in Magdeburg, Germany, Saxony-Anhalt
  • Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft
  • Indians in Germany
  • Indien-Institut in Munich/Bavaria ; attached to Völkerkundemuseum
  • Escape from East Germany 1972, autobiographical account of an Indian PhD student in Dresden who married an East German woman

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