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    Réunion[discuss spelling] (French: La Réunion, pronounced: [la.ʁe.y.njɔ̃] ( listen); previously Île Bourbon) is an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and 175 kilometres (109 mi) southwest of Mauritius. As of 2014, it had a population of 844,994.[1] It is the most prosperous island in the Indian Ocean, having the highest GDP per capita in the region.Main article: Demographics of Réunion
    See also: Cafres, Malbars, Chinois (Réunion), Zarabes, and Zoreilles
    Ethnic groups present include people of African, Indian, European, Malagasy and Chinese origin. Local names for these are Yabs, Cafres, Malbars, and Chinois. All of the ethnic groups comprising the island are immigrant populations that have come to Réunion from Europe, Asia, and Africa over the centuries. There are no indigenous people on the island, as it was originally deserted.[27] These populations have mixed from the earliest days of the island’s colonial history (indeed, the first settlers married women from Madagascar and of Indo-Portuguese heritage) resulting in a majority population of mixed race and of “Creole” culture