Thousands of Immigrants from India Work in US Trucking Industry

The demographics are changing among truck drivers, and the number of semi-truck drivers in the United States is at a record high, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Immigrants from western and northern India are drawn to the trucking industry. Many of the immigrants follow Sikhism and arrived in America in the 1980s, fleeing ethnic violence in their home country.

Gurinder Singh Khalsa, an Indiana Sikh community activist, said, “They came out of the country to save their lives,” and often before being able to attend college or learn a job skill.

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There are an estimated 150,000 truckers in the United States hailing from western and northern India. The pay is a draw to the industry.


Farhan Warsame, a driver from Somalia, said he receives significantly more money driving his own rig than he did at his former job, working at a warehouse in Kentucky.


Regular clients keep the interstate economy robust, which is why Indian restaurants have been showing up at truck stops along major routes in the U.S. There are over 20 across America, two being in Pennsylvania, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.


The average pay wage for long-haul drivers is over $43,000, but those who drive their own truck can receive double that amount.



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