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Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

archipelago of kiribati
The archipelago of Kiribati is the world’s lowest-lying country, with an average height above sea level of just two metres. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kiribati and other low-lying countries are under threat from climate change, and while their people would rather stay behind, they may be left with no choice

May 18, 2017 — “Like a drop of water in a bucket, on its own is small, but if there are many, many drops, soon it is overflowing.”

Erietera Aram’s water analogy is apposite. His country faces being lost under the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ

kiribati villagers
Villagers in Kiribati, which the World Bank says should be allowed to work and permanently settle in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations

May 8, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues. Continue reading World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ