India-UK relations

This document gives an overview of the partnership between the UK and India.


India-UK relations

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The UK/India relationship is mutually beneficial and wide ranging; covering- development, regional stability, trade and investment, climate change, counter terrorism and reform of the global international systems.

We share the core values of democracy, pluralism and tolerance.

British society is enriched by its strong, dynamic human ties to India. India gets the second highest number of tourists from the UK. The UK’s largest visa operation worldwide is in India and processed in the region of half a million applications in 2011. Between 1.5 million and 2 million people of Indian origin live in the UK, the largest ethnic group.

Published 2 January 2013