Indians in Bangladesh

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Indians in Bangladesh
Total population
500,000 (2009)
Regions with significant populations
Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong
Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Languages of India, English
Hinduism · Sikhism · Islam · Religions of India

There are hundreds of thousands of Indians in Bangladesh. According to data produced by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Home Affairs, as many as 500,000 Indians were staying in Bangladesh in 2009.[1][2] They were found working in different establishments such as NGOs, garments, textile, IT and sent money back home through hundi transfer systems.[3]


In 2012, Bangladesh was the fifth among the nations sending highest remittances to India. Indians working in Bangladesh sent more than $3.7 billion back to India in 2012.[4][5] Making Bangladesh the 5th largest source of remittance in India.[6] This is the official figure while the unofficial figure is estimated to be significantly more.[7] Most of them came on tourist visas and tended to stay back.[1]

Political effects[edit]

The migrant community has often been a source of contention between the two countries; according to available reports, the lakhs of Indians illegally staying in the country hailed from the Indian states of West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura and Mizoram and were spread across numerous urban and rural areas.[2]


On July 2016, four thousand Indians took refuge in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh after floods in West Bengal, India.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh-India economic relations". The Financial Express. 2009. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b Sadeque, Syeda Samira. "Dhaka has a question: what about the illegal Indian immigrants in Bangladesh?". Scroll.in. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Dear PM Modi, it is time to thank Bangladesh for embracing its Indian immigrants". Firstpost. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "15 Nations Sending Highest Remittances to India". Silicon India. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Rupee fall: NRIs in these nations must be happy!". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  6. ^ Madhok, Diksha. "Bangladeshis in India sent back $6.6 billion last year—6% of their homeland's GDP". Quartz. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Controlling remittance outflow to India". The Daily Star. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Flood-affected Indians take shelter in Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2017.