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India's Unlikely New Immigrants

New America Media, Audio Slide Show, Text: Sandip Roy // Photos: Bishan Samaddar Posted: Feb 15, 2009

Editor's Note: Even before the recession hit the US many Indians were thinking about returning to India. The Indian GDP grew 9% in 2007. 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 companies now have some presence in India. But more than jobs and rising salaries, its family thats pulling Indians back according to a recent survey by Vivek Wadhwa of Duke University and Harvard Law School. Wadhwa estimates about 50,000 Indians, most of them under 40 with advanced degrees, have returned to India in the past 20 years. He says another 50-100,000 could head back in the next five years. But a new wave of immigrants to India are actually leaving their parents behind in the U.S. in search of the Indian dream.

New America Media editor Sandip Roy traveled to India on a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship administered by the International Center for Journalists. The fellowship is sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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