Between 1968-1973 Britain depopulated the population of the British Indian Ocean Territory, Diego Garcia to Mauritius and Seychelles on the request of the American Government in order to build a military base on the land.
These people were left in slums with no education, jobs or money which provoked several petitions to the British government over the injustice of the move.
In March 2014 the British Indian Ocean Territory commissioned a report that would look in to the feasibility for resettlement, on Diego Garcia, and its outer island over a period of ten months, running til January 2015. Friends of the British Overseas Territories has read the report from the FCO which looks in to every aspect of resettlement and our findings are below.
The report will look in to:
-The cost to the UK government of establishing and maintaining a settlement over periods of five, ten and twenty years.
-Whether such a settlement could be economically self sustaining and, if so, within what time period and under what conditions.
-Associated risks and full costs of mitigation, in the event that a resettlement takes place.
During the report Mauritius, Seychelles and the US will be kept informed and consulted throughout.
Environmental impacts need to be taken in to consideration regarding the coral reefs which the islands rest upon, and, how they will be impacted over fifty years. Along with the financial costs of it all and climate change impacts such as the rising sea levels. There are already concerns about the sewage left by the US Navy to the coral reef which the administration hasn't prepared for.