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Indians in French Guiana


Indians in French Guiana

Indians in French Guiana
Total population
Regions with significant populations
French · French Guiana Creole · Tamil · Other Languages of India
Hinduism & Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Caribbean · Tamil Diaspora

Indians in French Guiana are mostly descendants of indentured labourers from India who live in the French Overseas Department of French Guiana.

They are often referred to as Indians or East Indians and make up of 4% of the population.


  • Migration History 1
  • Notable people 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Migration History

The Indian community in French Guiana are mostly descendants of indentured workers and immigrants from French Indian colonies such as Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam.[2] Labour from India began to enter French Guiana beginning in 1862. By the mid-1880s, however, the British stopped shipments of Indians in response to allegations that the French were ill treating indentured the Indian workers under their employ.[3]

In recent years, immigrants of East Indian origin have been arriving from French Guiana's neighboring countries such as Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ : EAST INDIAN IMMIGRATION, 1838–1917
  2. ^ : New settlement
  3. ^ : Dutch, French, and British Guiana
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