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UAE remains top destination for Indian expatriates, travellers

65% of Indians living outside their country reside in the GCC

UAE remains top destination for Indian expatriates, travellers

A total of 65 percent of Indians living outside their country reside in the GCC, according to statistics presented to Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s Parliament.

Of the six countries of the GCC, the UAE is home to the largest number of Indian citizens, followed by Saudi Arabia.

The number of Indians living in the United States – which ranked third – represents a fifth of the combined total for the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Data from the Reserve Bank of India showed that $76.4 billion was sent to India in the form of remittances for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. No country-wise sources for the remittances were provided.

Around the world, the UAE topped the list of countries hosting Indians at 3.42 million – an increase over the 3.1 million Indian residents in the country at the end of 2018.

Additionally, the statistics show that 55 percent of Indians travelling abroad pass through the UAE.