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Does Sri Lanka Have 1.6 Million Indians? PDF Print E-mail

By Indi Samarajiva

According to the Economist, there are 1.6 million Indian migrants in Sri Lanka, making us the third destination behind the US and Malaysia.

I’m pretty sure this is wrong. I think they’re referring to historical migrants but even then, Indian Tamils make up less than a million people (860,000, or 4.6%). That’s 2001 data, but I don’t think they’ve, like, doubled since then, nor do I think there has been more recent migration.

Am I missing something here? 1.6 million India migrants in SL would be about 8% of the population. And I also feel like I would have noticed. Who or what are they counting? I checked the sources and they’re paid. What am I missing here?

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