Indian migrants in Africa - A bridge for India's commitment the continent
While the economic recovery in India has led to a tripling of the middle-class, many are still electing to try their luck elsewhere. Roughly 20 million Indians live and work abroad. “Indian Diaspora” is an established term. Around four million people with Indian heritage have lived in Africa for generations. They first arrived as navigators on trade routes or as cheap labour. Well-to-do businessmen came to Africa from Mumbai after the dawn of steam ships. A deep connection to the ‘motherland’ is still felt by all. They hold on to their culture and traditions and are poorly integrated into the African society. With the growth of Indian’s economic and political role, recently a stronger approach to the diaspora to the ‘land of the forefathers’ has occurred and India has intensified its commitment to Africa. Nobody wants to hear about its former status as a poor country. On the contrary, India has become an investor and consciously positions itself against its biggest competitor, China, and concentrates on its own national interests, because the demand in India for energy and raw materials is high, of course there is an abundance in Africa.