Migration and Labour Mobility from Kiribati

25 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2017  

Carmen Voigt-Graf

Australian National University (ANU)

Sophia Kagan

International Labour Organization (ILO) - Regional Office for the Arab States

Date Written: March 19, 2017

Abstract

The aim of this Discussion Paper is to provide a summary of past and present migration flows in light of the environmental and developmental challenges faced by Kiribati. In Kiribati, “migration with dignity” is seen as a climate change adaptation strategy that has been promoted at the highest political level. Yet, in contrast to several other Pacific Island countries, there is a lack of migration opportunities for I-Kiribati despite strong migration pressures. Few I-Kiribati have migrated and settled overseas. The National Labour Migration Policy which was adopted in 2015 and is being implemented aims to create an integrated strategy for all stages of the labour migration process. It is a step towards increasing labour migration opportunities and enhancing the benefits from overseas employment.

Keywords: migration, Kiribati, Pacific, climate change, labour

JEL Classification: F22, F66

Suggested Citation

Voigt-Graf, Carmen and Kagan, Sophia, Migration and Labour Mobility from Kiribati (March 19, 2017). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 56. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2937416 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2937416

Carmen Voigt-Graf (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Sophia Kagan

International Labour Organization (ILO) - Regional Office for the Arab States ( email )

Riad Solh - Beirut, 11072150
Lebanon

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