Future migrations from Tuvalu and Kiribati: exploring government, civil society and donor perceptions

Smith, Roy and McNamara, Karen E. (2014) Future migrations from Tuvalu and Kiribati: exploring government, civil society and donor perceptions. Climate and Development, 7 1: 47-59. doi:10.1080/17565529.2014.900603


Author Smith, Roy
McNamara, Karen E.
Title Future migrations from Tuvalu and Kiribati: exploring government, civil society and donor perceptions
Journal name Climate and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1756-5529
1756-5537
Publication date 2014-03-27
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17565529.2014.900603
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 59
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Earthscan
Language eng
Abstract Across the world, different communities will be more or less able to adapt to the impacts of climate change based on their levels of exposure, access to a diversity of livelihood assets and adaptive capacity. Pacific communities are highly exposed to many of the projected impacts of climate change, which has garnered much media and government attention over the last decade. This article investigates how the government and non-government actors in Tuvalu and Kiribati, two low-lying Pacific nation-states, are responding to the challenges of climate change, particularly in relation to how they view migration as an adaptation ‘solution’. A brief contextual overview of terms such as ‘migration’ and ‘relocation’ indicates how they have only been used more recently at the multilateral level, most notably by the President of Kiribati. Building on a historical overview, interviews (n = 10) with government officials, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and donor agencies revealed that although each group had a sense of migration as a possible future scenario there were critical differences in how this issue was understood and represented.
Keyword Adaption
Climate change
Migration
Kiribati
Tuvalu
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 27 March 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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