Indian Diaspora meet to be held Sep 30 in Amsterdam

July 31st, 2012 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, July 31 (IANS) The annual Indian Diaspora conference in the Netherlands will be held this year in Amsterdam city Sep 30, EuAsia News reported Tuesday.

Organised by the Foundation for Indian Diaspora in Europe, the one-day conference will focus on improving inter-generational relations as well as relations between different groups of Indian Diaspora in the Netherlands.

According to the conference organisers, the Indian ambassador to the Netherlands, Bhaswati Mukherjee, Dutch officials, many other Indian and Dutch experts, and representatives from various social and business organisations are expected to participate in the event.

The conference aims to strengthen the links between various Indian Diaspora groups and organisations, promote the role of Indian diaspora in Dutch society, and intensify and broaden ties between India and the Netherlands in various fields.

The Netherlands has the second largest population of people of Indian origin in Europe with an estimated 200,000 including People of Indian origin (PIO), mainly from Suriname, and non-resident Indians (NRIs) from India.

Thousands of Indians, mainly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states, had emigrated to the then Dutch colony of Suriname in South America about 130 years ago. Some of them migrated to the Netherlands when Suriname became independent in 1975.

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