>http://encarta.msn.com/find/Concise.asp?z=1&pg=2&ti=761564507 >So what's the draw of Kenya? Money? Quality of life? From what I've read, >Kenya faces many of the problems India does - corruption, poverty, pathetic >Internet connectivity, high unemployment, etc. that is a very interesting question but one that is not so easy to answer. money is definitely an important factor, though its not the only factor. I lived a part of my childhood here , and intermittently later for varying periods of time . Almost all my long time friends are from here [though i dont have any relatives here]. I feel pretty much at home here - so i guess its a combination of a lot of things some quantifiable some are just a thing of the heart ! What i have observed with a lot of people who come to kenya is either they dislike the place totally and leave in less than 3 months or they like it and are there for a long time. Kenya does have a lot of problems associated with a lot of developing countries. corruption is a big problem here - though it has visibly improved over the last few years. It is a factor in the general high level of poverty - this coupled with things like el-nino rains, drought just make things worse. Internet connectivity is still way behind even in comparison to countries like tanzania and uganda which are much smaller - even though there are over 30 isps here - the problem for poor connectivity has been government regulation on getting international up/down links and poor telecom infrastructure (a lot of telephone exchanges are still analog...) - though hopefully that should change soon -- we have been fighting to change this , there has been a lot of lobbying / signature campaigns (http://www.kixp.net) for deregulation. >So why have so many Indians moved there? I'm genuinely curious. Contrarily - a lot of people of indian/european origin are emigrating to countries like canada, australia , new zealand etc. . there are a whole bunch of reasons for this - the primary one being economic slowdown and liberalization which caused many of their businesses to go bust & unable to compete with foriegn entrants - so their numbers have actually reduced. a lot of people also cite insecurity - car jackings & breakins are not unknown - though [unlike other places] some of the car jackers are fairly well mannered for highway-men . a friend of mine was car jacked and they dropped him off a long way from nairobi - they were decent enough to give him bus fare to go back home some packed lunch to eat on the bus !