The human face of labour mobility in Kiribati

18 Oct 2017

Two prominent New Zealand academics have recently returned from discussing labour mobility policies and long term sustainable development plans in Tarawa, Kiribati. Access to overseas labour markets is a key development priority for the country and part of wider development strategy the country which is dealing with the devastating effects of climate change.


The research team – Associate Professor Yvonne Te Ruki-Rangi-O-Tangaroa Underhill-Sem, from the University of Auckland and Emeritus Professor Richard Bedford, from Auckland University of Technology, have been working on a New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research project titled ‘Labour Markets in the Pacific.’ The research trip to Kiribati was one component of a larger project initiated by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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