Addressing the challenges of climate-induced migration and presenting future adaptation strategies to enable stronger cooperation between Australia and its Pacific neighbours

Immigration Forced migration Global environmental change Climate change Environmental refugees Sea level rise Paris Agreement Asia-Pacific Pacific Area
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This paper will analyse the role of industrialised countries, specifically Australia and New Zealand and their efforts and policies in adhering to the vulnerability of Pacific islands and future climate induced migration. It is important to acknowledge that some of the consequences brought on by climate change are irreversible and therefore adaption is critical. This paper provides a summary of literature of the current migration policies and future strategies for the benefit of both receiving, transit and origin countries. Further, Richards and Bradshaw (2017, p. 11) warn vulnerable populations are the most susceptible to the impacts of fossil fuel industries and unsustainable lifestyles led by developed countries. Therefore Pacific leaders believe industrialised countries are responsible in their role for the future survival of the Pacific as a whole. Despite this responsibility much of the literature exposes Australia’s emission targets proposed under the Paris Agreement as insufficient and far from being achieved.

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