JDR Vol.14 No.9 pp. 1277-1286
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2019.p1277


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

Corresponding author

**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

May 31, 2019
August 5, 2019
December 1, 2019
climate change, education, Kiribati, migration, sea level rise

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.

Cite this article as:
M. Maekawa, P. Singh, D. Charan, N. Yoshioka, and T. Uakeia, “Livelihood Re-Establishment of Emigrants from Kiribati in Fiji,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.14 No.9, pp. 1277-1286, 2019.
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