GIS– 3 December 2015: Government is in the process of preparing a National Migration Policy, and issues related to the Diaspora are featuring strongly therein, announced the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday in Moka.
The Minister was speaking at the launching of an International Conference on the Mauritian Diaspora being held from 2 to 4 December 2015 at the Auditorium of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. The theme of the Conference is ‘Mauritian Diaspora in Question: Trajectories and Connections’.
Government strongly believes that the Mauritian Diaspora is a precious asset for its development, and members of the Diaspora, be they of first, second or third generations, already play a lead role as ambassadors for Mauritius, said the Minister in her address.
From a historical perspective, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun observed, Mauritius had over the centuries, witnessed an incoming flux of people from various continents. In this sense we are ourselves members of Diasporas of several countries, she pointed out. This could have constituted our unique identity, were it not for the fact that, since the second half of 20th century especially, the world has witnessed a massive cross-border movement of people for a diversity of reasons, she added.
Organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in collaboration with the University of Technology Mauritius, the Mauritius Research Council and the NGO Nou Diaspora, the conference brings together around 75 participants, including eminent members of the diasporic Mauritian community.
The aim is to build up scholarly knowledge of the diaspora and create an awareness of the challenges confronting the diasporic community.
Keynote speakers include Prof E. Duyker, former Honorary Reader at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Prof V. Chinapah from the Institute of International Education of Stockholm University, Sweden.
Themes being addressed comprise the following: How members of the Mauritian Diaspora integrate in their host country, the challenges they face? How they respond to the specific cultural and political environment? and, How do the second and third generations of the Diaspora perceive Mauritius?’
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