From the biggest country in the world to the smallest country in the world, Europe is a kaleidoscope of adventure with skiing, caving, blue seas, great food, wines, castles and palaces, phenomenal nightlife, art, historical sites and…Indians!

Europe has huge pockets of people of Indian descent in nearly all 44 countries: almost 2 million in fact! Of all, the United Kingdom has the highest population, followed by Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, France, Spain and Russia. There are also significant populations in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The relationship between Europe and India is a very long one, but due in large part because India was under British colonial rule and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The earliest accurate records of Indians arriving was in the UK in the 18th and 19th century when the East India Company hired many Indians to serve as crew members. The first large influx of Indian immigrants arrived at the end of World War II and the breakup of the British Empire. The 1950s and 1960s saw a number of Indian immigrants from very diverse backgrounds arrive into Europe and soon began moving into Central and Western Europe to make their name and fortune in a number of vocations.

Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Europe journey has begun.


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In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet with Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, a Pakistani politician, actress and campaigner for human rights, who has become a role model for the women of Pakistan, especially Sindh.
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