As Europe grapples with refugees, Pacific Islanders move

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  • 2015•12•02     Paris     Bloomberg Business

    As Europe grapples with its own refugee crisis triggered by the war in Syria, there’s mounting evidence that people in Pacific island nations are starting to move because of the effects of climate change.

    One in 10 people in three Pacific nations has migrated in the past decade as global warming boosts sea levels, eroding the land around their homes and destroying crops and groundwater. About 3.2 percent of the 124,000 inhabitants of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru left for other countries, according to a survey by the United Nations University and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Another 7.5 percent moved internally.

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