expatriate Indians make big contributions to German society
Hartmut Kaiser | 20 May 2006
German-Indians often outperform native Germans
Back in the days of the internet-hype of 1999/2000 the German government issued the so called "German greencard", that is 20000 work permissions for highly qualified IT-engineers for people from origins outside the European Union. Quite a few Indians, mostly software engineers grabbed the chance and now work in German cities like Munich, Stuttgart or Frankfurt am Main. They brought with them their own Indian customs and even a charity organisation, called "asha-for-hope"
Indian immigration into (West-)Germany dates back more than 40 years, and generally speaking, it is a succes story. One descendant of these expatriate Indians , Sebastian Edathy,is a member of the German parliament (Bundestag) and part of the German chancellors (Angela Merkel) ruling grand coalition.
Very recently, Indian companies, mostly pharmaceutical, textile and software companies have started buying German companies, for example the Augsburg /Germany based pharmaceutical company Betapharm was bought by an Indian Generics company.
When it comes to economic success, many German-Indians are outperforming ethnic Germans , they succeed in professions like dentists, medical doctors, engineers, physicists, accountants , nurses and so on.