Not refugees

June 29th, 2009

As the governments of Kiribati and Tuvalu contemplate the prospect that their islands are going to disappear beneath the waves of the South Pacific, they come to very different conclusions about how best to proceed:

[The government of Kiribati …] recognises that migration schemes will eventually need to be accompanied by humanitarian options. It is keen to secure international agreements in which other governments recognise that climate change has contributed to their predicament and acknowledge "relocation" as part of their obligation to assist. The government of Tuvalu, on the other hand, does not want relocation to feature in international agreements because of its fear that if it does, industrialised countries may simply think that they can solve problems like rising sea levels by relocating affected populations rather than reducing carbon emissions, which would not bode well for the world as a whole.

The whole article is a fascinating read: strongly recommended.

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