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‘A Lost People’? Chagossian Onward Migration And Echoes Of Marginalisation In Crawley

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This chapter outlines some of the barriers to eligibility for UK citizenship, detailing Chagossian chain migration to Crawley in West Sussex. In this chapter, the author has shown how Chagossian migrants' descriptions of their experiences in the UK since 2002 often echo displaced Chagos islanders' experiences upon arrival in Mauritius in the late 1960s and 1970s. For instance, the separation of families between the UK and Mauritius or the Seychelles is reminiscent of the break-up of families. On the one hand, the similarities outlined in this chapter illustrate that uprooting and relocation - whatever the characteristics of the 'home' and 'host' societies, and regardless of whether the movement. is forced or voluntary - is routinely fraught with difficulties. On the other hand, the more varied accounts of onward migration to the UK highlight that there are key distinctions between the historical case of forced displacement from Chagos to Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Keywords: Chagossian; Crawley; Mauritius; Seychelles; UK citizenship



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