Family support strong factor in Indian diaspora success in UK: Report
The importance of family support, the determination to succeed against all odds, a strong work ethic and optimism for the future are among the factors identified behind the success of the Indian diaspora in the UK, according to new research released in London.
'India in the UK: The Diaspora Effect 2.0', compiled by Grant Thornton and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and launched at the Indian High Commission in London on Friday, features a series of interviews with leading diaspora entrepreneurs and professionals who have made a contribution to the India-UK relationship.
While estimated at 1.5 million based on the last census, the report notes that the Indian diaspora in the UK is now probably closer to 1.7 million.
"The diaspora is at the core of the India-UK relationship, the bridge of steel - the living bridge as our Honourable Prime Minister warmly describes," said Gaitri Issar Kumar, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, at the launch event at India House.
"As the envoy of my government in London, it is my endeavour to enhance these strong links through outreach and engagements across the UK; as we celebrate 75 years of India-UK relations, I call upon the diaspora to keep the aspirations high as we work together to reinforce our excellent ties at all levels," she said.
Baroness Usha Prashar, the Indian-origin peer who is chair of the FICCI UK Council, highlighted the role of the youth in enhancing the bilateral relationship.
"Today, the Indian diaspora is one of the largest migrant communities in the UK. Indian diaspora youth plays an indispensable role in innovation and new technologies, at a global level. We need to motivate them to devise innovative solutions to local problems in India," she said.
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