By Assad Bhuglah
Mauritius has always been a land of immigrants. Over the past three hundred years, immigrants came to Mauritius for different reasons: navigators, explorers, colonizers, planters, slaves, lascars, craftsmen, sepoy-prisoners, indentured labourers and traders. Despite many difficulties, the immigrants, irrespective of their race, colour, religion and origin, forged new destinies in their adopted homeland. Each wave of migrants, in seeking its own freedom and economic well-being, helped to strengthen the fabric of the rainbow nation. It must be reckoned that every aspect of the Mauritian economy has profited from the contributions of the immigrants. In principle, no group can claim that it has more rights and more privileges than other groups of immigrants. The entire fabric of the Mauritian nation is made up of the descendants of immigrants.