publication . Article . 2013

Should they stay or should they go? A discourse analysis of factors influencing relocation decisions among the outer islands of Tuvalu and Kiribati

Smith, R;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2013 Journal: Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, volume 1, pages 23-39 (issn: 2050-4039, eissn: 2050-4047, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Intellect
  • Country: Italy
The low-lying atoll states of Tuvalu and Kiribati have gained international attention due to their vulnerability to climate change and associated sea-level rise. They have been referred to as ‘sinking islands’, with some commentators predicting they could become completely uninhabitable within a generation. This work acknowledges that climate change is having a negative impact on these island communities. However, it would be too simplistic to only focus on this as the key factor in patterns of migration from the outer islands to the urban centres of each state. There are multiple drivers for both internal and international migration, and also for the desire to ...
free text keywords: Relocation, Geography, Climate change, Genealogy, Atoll, geography.geographical_feature_category, Vulnerability, Economic growth, Civil society, Government, Discourse analysis
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