There are currently over 50,000 people of Indian origin in Tanzania
. Many of them are traders and they control a sizeable portion of the Tanzanian economy
. Indians have a long history in Tanzania
starting with the arrival of Gujarati
traders. They came to gradually control the trade in Zanzibar
. Many of the buildings constructed then still remain in Stone Town
, the focal trading point on the island.
As a result of anti-Indian sentiment in post-independence Tanzania (beginning with the presidency of Julius Nyerere
), many Indians migrated overseas to India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, among other nations.