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The Pacific Solution – A Catastrophe for the Pacific!?

Weber, Eberhard (2015) The Pacific Solution – A Catastrophe for the Pacific!? Environment and Ecology Research, 3 (4). pp. 96-107. ISSN ISSN: 2331-625X

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    Abstract

    Climate change and related sea-level rise has caused fears that many people in the Pacific Islands might become homeless. However it is difficult to say who is more afraid: politicians of countries that are potential destinations of environmental refugees or affected people, who realize that it is not at all a pleasure to lose the home, and that it might be even a bigger nightmare to become a refugee. While in low-lying Pacific Island countries (PICs) debates and discourses about people’s future flare up the fear of becoming homeless and refugees is worrying many. It seems that governments whose countries could become preferred destinations of climate change refugees are concerned how to keep them away from reaching safe harbors. In 2001 the Australian Government started its Pacific Solution, a policy that should prevent aliens arriving by boat in Australia to seek the status of refugees. The Australian Government has established detention centers on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru to process asylum seekers outside Australian territory. In 2013 a new element was added to the Pacific Solution: refugees arriving on boats will be processed and settled in PNG or Nauru (or countries other than Australia), if found to be genuine refugees. Others can be detained for unspecified time. Migrants’ well-being is not only based on material conditions, but also reflects on emotional ones. The inhumane treatment of refugees increases angst amongst those who are threatened to lose their homes as a result of climate change and depend on support from other countries.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Journal is listed in Beall's list.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Pacific Islands, environmental migration, refugees, Pacific Solution, Australia
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
    J Political Science > JX International law
    K Law > KZ Law of Nations
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 11:49
    Last Modified: 02 May 2016 12:53
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8764
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