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The Republic of Mauritius is one of the most prosperous economies in Africa and is both a source and destination country for international migration. As a middle-income country, Mauritius has the possibility to capitalize on migration as a tool for socioeconomic development. Mauritius did not have an indigenous population, and the population has historically been composed from various waves of arrival of immigrants and their descents.

In Mauritius, emigration is a recurring phenomenon. The fear of independence and economic recession led a larger number of Mauritians to migrate overseas prior to and in the years following independence in 1968. Mauritians, who present an attractive profile for countries of destination, are seeking better opportunities abroad.  Large Mauritian diasporas have been established in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Britain or France. Recognizing the importance of migration as a means of development both through remittances and skills acquisition abroad, the Mauritian government has responded to this situation with a comprehensive strategy to promote circular migration as well as set up structures to improve opportunities for migrants to invest, develop small and medium enterprises, and use their newly acquired skills from abroad, upon their return to Mauritius.

Mauritius is also a country of immigration, with persons arriving primarily from India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Madagascar to work mainly in the textile industry and the construction sector as well as in the so-called “skilled categories”.

Mauritius is a member of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and one of its priorities is the protection of the environment and natural resources as a means of sustainable development for the Indian Ocean region.



Migrant Assistance

Migrants reintegration. IOM Mauritius assisted in the reintegration of more than 80 Mauritian returnees under various Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Programmes since 2009, including programmes of return from the UK, Poland, and Ireland. IOM continues to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants wishing to return to Mauritius, with specific focus on the provision of social assistance as well as economic assistance to start income generating activities after their return. These activities are carried out in cooperation with the Governments of countries of origin, key relevant UN agencies and leading national, regional and global NGOs active in providing assistance to vulnerable migrants.

Counter-trafficking. Since 2013, IOM implemented activities related to counter-trafficking (CT) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seychelles. IOM Mauritius trained law enforcement officers, representatives of NGOs and media professionals in Seychelles on Trafficking in Persons (TiP), in collaboration with the United States (US) Embassy and UNODC. IOM Mauritius also assisted the Government to develop a national awareness raising campaign and a National Action Plan on TiP. IOM has also facilitated the repatriation of 12 Malagasy fishermen who were presumed to be victims of trafficking from Seychelles back to Madagascar in 2013. In January 2016, IOM Mauritius organized a two days training workshop in Mauritius aiming to empower law enforcement officers and prosecutors with analysis of legislations, study cases, investigative approaches and practices as well as international cooperation.

CapitalPort Louis
Population (2015):1.3 million
Area:2,040 km sq
Languages :English, French, Creole, Hindi
Currency:Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
GDP per Capita PPP (2014):USD 18,585
HDI Rank (2014):63 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 267 million
Immigrants (2015):2.2%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2015):44.6%
Population under 15 (2015):19.3%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):0.90%

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mauritius Liaison Office
Suite 608
St. James Court
Rue St. Denis
Port Louis, Mauritius

Tel: +23.0 213 33 04
  +23.0 213 31 99
  +23.0 210 42 50
Fax: +23.0 213 32 05
Email: tvanlidth@iom.int

Current Vacancies in IOM Mauritius


Position Grade Closing Date
Administrative and Finance Assistant G5 4 March 2019

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