n Africa Insight - Indian communities in Africa

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Two million Indians are settled across the African continent, with a significant concentration found mainly in South Africa, the three east African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and Mauritius. While documenting the historical trajectory of Indian migrants, this paper offers a contemporary perspective on the subject, and focuses on the new diasporas that have migrated to Africa in the post liberalisation and post Africanisation phase in India and Africa respectively. The content of the paper is derived from existing literature, oral history, data collected during field research to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, and anecdotal incidents collated through fellow researchers on the subject. The paper studies various facets of the Indian community in Africa, a heterogeneous constituency, stratified along factors that include, interalia, their reasons for migration to Africa.

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