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Chagos Islanders in Mauritius and the UKForced Displacement and Onward Migration$
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Laura Jeffery

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084300

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084300.001.0001

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Mobilisation in exile

Mobilisation in exile

(p.37) 2 Mobilisation in exile
Chagos Islanders in Mauritius and the UK

Laura Jeffery

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes the mobilisation of Chagos islanders in Mauritius. Chagossian groups have historically been united concerning their desired ends, with a shared focus on compensation and the right to return to the Chagos Archipelago. Competing Chagossian groups have, however, disagreed on whether negotiation or litigation is the best means to achieve these aims. The chapter outlines these tensions before focusing on the ideological and pragmatic disagreements within and beyond the community concerning two key issues. The first is debates about whether Chagos should be under British or Mauritian sovereignty. The second is debates about the legitimacy or otherwise of the US military base on Diego Garcia, which is seen by some as a necessary opportunity for employment and by others as conflicting with their visions for the resettlement of Chagos.

Keywords:   Chagossians, Chagos islanders, Mauritius, Chagos Archipelago, US military base, Diego Garcia, sovereignty, mobilisation, exile

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