Livelihood Re-Establishment of Emigrants from Kiribati in Fiji
Miko Maekawa*,, Priyatma Singh**, Dhrishna Charan**, Nagisa Yoshioka*, and Takuia Uakeia***
*The Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
1-15-16 Toranomon, Minato, Tokyo 105-8524, Japan
**School of Science & Technology, Department of Science, The University of Fiji, Lautoka, Fiji
***The University of the South Pacific, Kiribati Campus, Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati
People from Kiribati, especially after obtaining college degrees, tend to have a desire to migrate abroad to obtain further education and good jobs and, to some extent, due to the impacts of climate change. Nineteen percent of I-Kiribati migrants in Fiji who responded to our survey indicated climate change as a factor for their migration, but their primary reasons were to seek better education and employment. When seeking employment, their lack of English-language skills and professional qualifications posed challenges. However, those who had prepared well in advance tend to find jobs relatively smoothly after migration. When settling in a new area, people tended to rely on family connections, community groups, and other social supports as sources of network and safety net.
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