Singapore has most Tamil NRIs

INTERfactsINGA study, that was commissioned by the NRTamil Welfare Board, surveyed 20,000 households across Tamil Nadu, and revealed that 410,000 of the 2.2 million Tamil diaspora were residing in Singapore in 2015.

Following Singapore, the largest Tamil Nadu diaspora is settled in the Gulf, mostly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia that accounted for 400,000 and 350,000 people respectively.  These were followed by the US with 300,000 and Malaysia with 190,000 Tamil emigrants.

The total remittances to Tamil Nadu in 2015 were estimated at over $9 billion, which works out to be equivalent to 14 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.