India has largest diaspora population: "Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 Revision" UN report

Date: January 15, 2016

India diaspora The UN

 The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in his report of survey on “Trends in International Migrant Stock” finds that India’s diaspora population is the largest in the world with 16 million people from India living outside their country in 2015.

Globally, there is 41% increase in comparison with 2000 in the number of international migrant persons living in a country other than where they were born, which is reached at 244mn in 2015.


Nearly two thirds of international migrants live in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million).

India has the largest diaspora in the world, followed by Mexico and Russia.

In 2015, 16 million people from India were living outside of their country, a growth from 6.7 million in 1990.

Other countries with large diaspora included Russia, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ukraine.