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Commemoration of Centennial of Abolition of Indian Indentureship (CCAII)
11 November 2016 - January 2020

An International Conference
22-24 March 2017, Girmit Centre, Lautoka

Introduction: The end of slavery by 1833 gave rise to a new form of Slavery called Indian Indenture System. Under this, over 1 million workers from India were taken to a number of British colonies between 1834 and 1917. These included: Mauritius (453,063), British Guiana (238,909), Trinidad (143,939), Natal/South Africa (152,184), Fiji (60,965), Jamaica (36,412), Suriname (34,304), East Africa (32,000), Reunion Island (26,507), and in smaller numbers to Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Vincent, Seychelles, Malaysia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Belize (Br. Honduras), Dutch St. Croix, and Fr. Guiana. This was the world’s second largest wave of movement of people globally under any formally organized system of movement of people. New recruitment for indentured work outside India ended on 12 March 1917. Ongoing indenture contracts were terminated from 1 January 1920 onwards.


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