According to the Economist, there are 1.6 million Indian migrants in Sri Lanka, making us the third destination behind the US and Malaysia. I’m pretty sure this is wrong. I think they’re referring to historical migrants but even then, Indian Tamils make up less than a million people (860,000, or 4.6%). That’s 2001 data, but I don’t think they’ve, like, doubled since then, nor do I think there has been more recent migration.
Am I missing something here? 1.6 million India migrants in SL would be about 8% of the population. And I also feel like I would have noticed. Who or what are they counting? I checked the sources and they’re paid. What am I missing here?