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New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

the people of kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise
The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. New Zealand could introduce a visa to help relocate people affected by climate change. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Minister says experimental humanitarian visa category could be introduced for people displaced by rising seas

November 1,  2017 — New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change. Continue reading New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island

manaro volcano, vanuatu
The Manaro volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae island pumps out smoke and ash. Photograph: Reuters

Eruption threat means all 11,000 people of Ambae in the Pacific need to leave – and with sparse official help, they are getting off any way they can

October 1, 2017 — Vanuatu is no stranger to the rumblings, shakings, flood waters and wrecking winds of natural disaster. The south Pacific island nation was rated the most at-risk country in the Continue reading Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island