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Mauritians value national identity and social tolerance, but report unfair treatment by government based on ethnicity

8 Jul 2021 Mauritius

Mauritians express a strong sense of national identity and believe there is strength in diversity, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

Most citizens do not experience unfair treatment by other Mauritians based on ethnicity, religion, or economic status, but a sizeable minority do.

And almost half of Mauritians say the government treats their ethnic group unfairly, at least “sometimes,” a perception that’s especially common among urban residents and young citizens.

A majority of Mauritians express tolerant attitudes toward people of a different religion, ethnicity, nationality, and sexual orientation. The share of citizens who express tolerance toward people in same-sex relationships has increased in recent years.