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Doris R. Jakobsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835330

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835330.001.0001

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The Sikh Diaspora

The Sikh Diaspora

(p.84) Chapter 5 The Sikh Diaspora

Doris R. Jakobsh

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is devoted to the Sikh diaspora, an important subject given the increasing population of this community worldwide. In fact, the Sikh diaspora represents an important component of Indian migration in that Sikhs constitute a disproportionately high percentage of Indian immigrants worldwide. Hence the chapter examines three countries with the largest Sikh communities outside Punjab—the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, with emphasis on key landmarks of Sikh migration to each of these host countries. It also provides a brief overview of a number of dominant characteristics of Sikh diasporic communities worldwide, such as their community factions, the proliferation of gurdwaras in these communities, their political participation in their host countries, and so forth.

Keywords:   Sikh diaspora, Sikh migration, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Indian migration, Indian immigrants, Sikh diasporic communities

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