Climate change is an unprecedented challenge for human communities in the South-Pacific and will continue to be for many decades to come. Anthropogenic climate change is affecting human migration flows in communities that are particularly vulnerable to environmental degradation. Low lying states such as Tuvalu and Kiribati are facing potentially catastrophic sea-level rise and environmental degradation in future decades, and this is likely to lead to substantial migration flows both within South-Pacific states and across international borders. By framing climate-induced migration as a human rights issue, this essay will consider the range of policies that have been proposed and/or implemented as a response to climate change induced migration in the South-Pacific.
By: Darcy French
Published on October 29, 2020