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Type: Journal article
Title: Climatic Change and Migration from Oceania : Implications for Australia, New Zealand and the USA
Author: Smith, J.
Moore, E.
Citation: Population and Environment, 1995; 17(2):105-122
Publisher: Human Sciences Press Inc
Issue Date: 1995
ISSN: 0199-0039
Abstract: It is possible that climatic change may stimulate population movements as people turn to migration as one strategy of adaptation. This paper attempts to assess possible migration flows which may occur, in response to climatic shifts over the next thirty years, from small island states in the south-west Pacific ocean region to the United States, Australia and New Zealand. It is argued that the small island states appear vulnerable to climatic change, with low coral atolls being most at risk. Adverse impacts of climatic change will be one extra pressure on small island states, many of which are already struggling to cope with sustainable management of their natural resources and with the demands of their rapidly growing populations for education, housing and employment. The migration strategy is likely to entail significant medium-term health, psychological and social costs for some Pacific island migrants as they try to move or cope with life in western industrialised societies. © 1995, Human Sciences Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1007/BF02208383
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