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Interrogating identity and belonging through life history: experiences of overseas nurses in post-colonial Britain SHEKAR BHEENUCK

In December 1970, aged 18, I left Mauritius and travelled to Britain to train as a nurse. Two years earlier Mauritius had achieved independence from Britain. Postcolonial Mauritius provided limited employment opportunities. Like thousands of young Mauritians, I faced the dilemma of searching for a job. Nurse training in Britain offered an opportunity to obtain a professional qualification.