Indian diaspora in Kenya

Indian diaspora in Kenya
FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posing for a photo before the Gandhi statue during his visit to the University of Nairobi in 2016PIB Photo

According to a report by the Indian External Affairs Ministry, there is a population of about 80000 Indian-origin people in Kenya. Twenty thousand of them hold Indian passports, and others are Kenyan citizens.

Large-scale Indian migration to Kenya started with the creation of the British East African Protectorate, which had strong links with Bombay of British India. And many people from British India migrated with their families to the Protectorate to utilize new economic probabilities.

Today, Some of the largest businesses in Kenya are owned by Indian-origin business owners like the 'Comcraft Group' of Manilal Premchand Chandaria.

In 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a presidential proclamation recognizing Kenyans of Indian descent as the 44th tribe in Kenya. The proclamation is a constitutional recognition of the Indian origin community in Kenya.

Bilateral relations between India and Kenya witnessed a new boost in recent years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kenyain in 2016, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a State Visit to India in 2017.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar visited Nairobi in 2021 to co-Chair the India-Kenya Joint Commission Meeting with Kenyan Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo.