About Mauritius


Located off the south-east coast of Africa, the Republic of Mauritius is an Indian Ocean archipelago that aims to be a regional trade and services hub thanks to its stability and economic prosperity.

The island state's political and economic situation has been stable since gaining independence on 12th March 1968, and it was eventually declared a republic in 1992, with a multi-party parliamentary democracy. Ameenah Gurib, an internationally-renowned scientist and biologist, as well as an expert in sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, was sworn in as the first female president in June 2015, and it is hoped that she will exercise some of the foresight needed to protect the archipelago from the consequences of climate change.

Mark Twain wrote that “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius”. For many expatriates, this is heaven on Earth, and it's hard to resist the allure of its tropical waterfalls, snow-white beaches, and turquoise-blue waters.

Mauritius' natural wonders have resulted in the creation of countless luxury resorts, which provide foreign professionals in the tourism sector with five-star job opportunities and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, a range of water and land-based activities will keep expatriates entertained in their free time — from kitesurfing, hiking or horse riding after work, to playing golf on championship-standard courses over the weekend.

Wildlife tourism is also gaining in popularity on Mauritius, which has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country in the world; and you can even see giant tortoises roaming freely on Île aux Aigrettes!

If that weren't enough, Mauritius deserves a round of applause for its standards of culinary excellence, whether in fine-dining restaurants or beach shacks serving fish fresh off the boat. The varied influences of the island's Indian, French, Chinese, and Creole communities have created a diversity of delicious dishes that will leave you tongue-tied. As will the variety of languages that reflect the range of cultures that exist on the island. The main languages spoken are French, which tends to be used in education and the media; Mauritian Creole, which is a French-based Creole that is spoken by around 90% of the population; and English, which is the official language of parliament. However, most Mauritians are bi-lingual or even tri-lingual, which makes it easier for expats to get by and make friends!

Since the times of being dependent mainly on sugar exports, the island has come a long way. It has built up strong financial services and outsourcing sector, and it now boasts one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. The strong earnings of its tourism industry also contribute greatly to the economy and, luckily for expatriates, future foreign investment and expatriate employment is likely to be welcome to further stimulate growth.

However, the republic does now need to focus on reducing inequality and boosting shared prosperity, as the low employment rate reveals an imbalance in the composition of labour in high-growth sectors. In the face of potentially rapid economic development, education and skills training of the island's inhabitants is imperative, as demand for labour in traditionally low-skilled sectors, such as sugar and textiles, has decreased.