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Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the average annual number of immigrants into Mauritius; and whether these immigrants have proved able to establish themselves economically.

The average annual number of immigrants into Mauritius for the three years 1944–46 was 42. The number of immigrants for 1939 was 262; and for 1947 to date is 233. This includes 209 Chinese and results from the renewal of normal travelling facilities after the war. The immigrants are mainly of the shopkeeping class and are almost all brought in to assist in businesses that are already established.