Challenges and pitfalls of resettlement: Pacific experiences

Böge, Volker (2013). Challenges and pitfalls of resettlement: Pacific experiences. In Thomas Faist and Jeanette Schade (Ed.), Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights (pp. 165-182) Dordrech, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6208-4

Author Böge, Volker
Title of chapter Challenges and pitfalls of resettlement: Pacific experiences
Title of book Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights
Place of Publication Dordrech, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6208-4
Open Access Status
ISBN 9789400762077
Editor Thomas Faist
Jeanette Schade
Chapter number 7
Start page 165
End page 182
Total pages 18
Total chapters 10
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Today the South Pacific presents a scenario of environmental and social developments induced by climate change that are destined to affect other regions of the world sooner or later. For this reason Pacific Island Countries are of particular interest within the discourse on climate change and its social effects. This chapter addresses climate change-induced migration in the South Pacific, with the focus on a prominent example of resettlement, namely the case of the Carterets Islands in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea). Carterets Islanders are currently relocating to the main island of Bougainville, and the process is being planned and organised by a local non-governmental organisation, Tulele Peisa (which means ‘Sailing the waves on our own’ in the local language). Flowing from the presentation of the Carterets case, several core challenges connected with resettlement are identified: the land-people connection, attitudes of, and conflicts with, recipient communities, governance and funding. The chapter closes with some more general considerations, highlighting inter alia the need for long-term international planning. It becomes clear that communities in the South Pacific are not simply helpless victims of an overwhelming fate, but are bestowed with admirable resilience, ingenuity and capabilities upon which they draw in order to cope with the challenges of climate change–induced migration.
Keyword Carterets Islands/Bougainville
Sea-level rise
South Pacific
Tulele Peisa
Climate change
Pacific / Pacific Islanders
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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