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More Indian migrants in Pakistan than US

  • Published at 11:32 pm March 8th, 2017
More Indian migrants in Pakistan than US
US think tank Pew Research Centre has said that more Indian migrants live in Pakistan than in the US in its recent analysis report. "Over the past two decades, millions of Indians have migrated there to find employment as laborers," Pew said. Pakistan has 2 million Indian migrants, which is the second largest number of them in the world, with the US in third place, Pew said. While India is the top source of international migrants, with one-in-twenty migrants worldwide born in India, according to Pew, it is also one of the world's top destinations for international migrants. "The overwhelming majority of India's immigrants are from neighboring countries such as Bangladesh (3.2 million), Pakistan (1.1 million), Nepal (540,000) and Sri Lanka (160,000)," Pew said. Even more confounding is that despite these statistics, India also has one of the world's lowest emigration rates. "Only about 1% of India's birth population lives outside of the country, a similar emigration rate to that of the US," Pew added in the report. India has a long history of migration with many migrants having moved to Africa, the Caribbean and within the Indian subcontinent itself, over a century ago. Considering the long standing controversies between the India and Pakistan, the recent report of Pew is nothing less than a surprise for many around the globe.