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Challenges and pitfalls of resettlement measures: experiences in the Pacific Region

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Boege, Volker

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Corporate Editor Universität Bielefeld, Fak. für Soziologie, Centre on Migration, Citizenship and Development (COMCAD)
Abstract "Today the South Pacific is the theatre of environmental and related 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 (PIC) are of particular interest within the discourse on climate change and its social effects. This paper gives an overview of climate changeinduced migration in the Pacific, starting with a brief sketch of the environmental impact of climate change on PIC. It then presents a prominent example of resettlement, namely the case of the Carterets Islands in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), focussing on the islanders' capabilities and agency. The paper then goes on to address some transnational dimensions of climate change-induced migration in the Pacific, drawing on the cases of Kiribati and Tuvalu in particular. The domestic-transnational interface, the role of labour migration, remittances and diasporas are discussed. Based on empirical findings, the main challenges of resettlement are identified: the land-people connection, attitudes of recipient communities, conflict, governance, and funding. The paper closes with some more general considerations that flow from the South Pacific experiences, highlighting inter alia the need for long-term international planning. It becomes clear that communities in the South Pacific are not just helpless victims of an overwhelming fate, but are bestowed with admirable resilience, ingenuity and capabilities which they draw upon when coping with the challenges of climate change–induced migration." (author's abstract)
Keywords resettlement; climate change; migration; immigration country; attitude; population; conflict; governance; funding
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Ecology, Environment; Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Bielefeld
Page/Pages 40 p.
Series COMCAD Working Papers, 102
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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