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Mauritius

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Introduction

Mauritius is an archipelagic State which extends over a large area of the southern Indian Ocean.1 The main island is the Island of Mauritius and it is there that the bulk of the 1.3 million inhabitants of Mauritius live. Ethnically they are 68 per cent Indo-Mauritian, that is to say persons of Indian ethnic background and predominantly Hindu or Muslim. The Creole community represents 25 per cent of the population and together with the Franco-Mauritians they represent the bulk of the Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic community. There are no indigenous inhabitants. At the time of European colonization the island was uninhabited.