Goans - Geographical Distribution

Geographical Distribution

Goans have been migrating all along the coast and across the world for the last six centuries because of many socio-religious and economic reasons, the diaspora are commonly known as the Konkani people, residing in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala who do not refer to themselves as Goans. Many Goans have settled in Mumbai (Bombay) in the last century and still identify themselves as Goans. India's Goan population is mainly concentrated in the mega cities like Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Pune.

Until the early 1970s there were substantial populations of in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Goans in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola. The end of colonial rule and the subsequent waves of explusion of Indians from Kenya and Uganda forced the community to migrate elsewhere. The Gulf News put the number of Goans residing outside India as approximately 300,000.

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