And in the neighbouring city of Amstelveen, the number of Indian expats has grown from 250 in 2005 to 2,500 today, a ten-fold increase in just ten years.

IT companies a big draw 

As the NRC Handelsblad recently reported, most of Amsterdam’s Indian expat community works in the IT sector, a field in which India’s many highly-qualified graduates are in great demand. Some of Amsterdam’s major employers of expats include Indian companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and Wipro. The American multinational Cognizant and the Japanese imaging giant Canon are also popular places for Indian expats to work.

A thriving Indian community 

Amsterdam offers many advantages to its Indian community, such as favourable tax agreements, relatively inexpensive housing, and easy access to Amsterdam’s important Zuidas business district. There are excellent provisions for international schools, a fine selection of traditional Indian cuisine, the annual Diwali Festival and a dedicated India healthcare desk at the hospital in Amstelveen. At the same time, the beautiful Amsterdamse Bos, a recreational area, is home to many local cricket teams.

Good connections to India 

Europe’s top-rated Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Goa. Likewise, the Port of Amsterdam is one of the world’s main shipping hubs. In 2012, the Port signed a collaborative contract with the Samsara Group, a shipping agent, which enabled it to expand its market reach in the transportation of oil, chemicals, agricultural bulk, and containers from India.