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Chagossians[edit]

It seems the islanders prefer to be called the "Chagossians", as "Ilois" has come to have pejorative connotations. See para 17 of the recent court case:

"17. ... These latter were known as the Ilois, a term not always used with a precise or commonly agreed definition. Most of them lived on Diego Garcia, the largest island. They now describe themselves as "Chagossians", but again with no precise or commonly agreed definition. Chagossians is a name which they prefer to "Ilois" because that has come to have pejorative connotations."

Rwendland 14:29, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Well spotted. A Google search also shows the two terms appearing roughly as often (26,000 results for Chagossians, 28,400 for Ilois). Moving the article to the preferred name is probably justified. — Itai (talk) 19:47, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

I have moved this page to 'Chagossians' as proposed above (over a year ago!). It is the preferred self-description of these people, and also the most commonly used: it now gets twice as many Google hits as 'Ilois', and also more than 'Chagos islanders'. 'Chagossians' is therefore the name best fitting the guidelines of Wikipedia:Naming conventions (identity). I have replaced the word 'Ilois' with 'Chagossians' throughout the article. Terraxos 01:52, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

not going home[edit]

Looks like they're not going home, unless the European court has a say.[1] kwami (talk) 10:15, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

This is Disgusting[edit]

If more people know about this, these people will be going home. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 38.117.67.42 (talk) 05:19, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

indigenous inhabitants?[edit]

I have deep sympathy for their plight, but calling them " indigenous inhabitants" is a bit mis-leading. They immigrated to the islands sometime in the mid-18th century. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.167.67.138 (talk) 13:36, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

Is there a cutoff date for being "indigenous"? The Malagasy didn't arrive in Madagascar until the 1300s -- do they not count? --Jfruh (talk) 15:10, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Is anybody going to remove the suggestion that these people were "indigenous". The most important consideration, surely, is that not one single Ilois ever owned any property in the Chagos archipelago. I suggest it would be best for the original author to make the change but, if it doesn't happen soon, I feel I will have to do it. Agent0060 19:16, 11 March 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agent0060 (talkcontribs)

Citizenship?[edit]

What is the citizenship status of the Chagossians? Are they considered citizens by the Mauritian government? Are they stateless? --Jfruh (talk) 15:19, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

They're Mauritian. 92.15.57.66 (talk) 18:42, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
Citizenship is a most important aspect indeed, and deserves a separate section in the article. As far as I can recall many of them (possubly a majority) are UK (hence EU) citizens resident in the UK nowadays. Apcbg (talk) 17:10, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Any Activist Groups In the United States[edit]

It seems like all activism is focused in Britain. But the United States is also responsible. The United States could rescind its objection to Chagossians returning home and effectively end all this. Are there any organizations in the United States supporting the cause of the Chagossians? If not there needs to be.75.133.90.126 (talk) 01:22, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

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