NZ court rejects family's claim as Kiribati climate change refugees | Pacific Beat

NZ court rejects family's claim as Kiribati climate change refugees

NZ court rejects family's claim as Kiribati climate change refugees

Updated 26 September 2013, 9:19 AEST

A man from Kiribati whose home is threatened by rising sea levels has lost another bid to live in New Zealand as a refugee - together with his wife and New Zealand-born children.

In its judgement, the Immigration and Protection Tribunal says it accepts the people of Kiribati are facing an environmental disaster due to climate change but that it does not entitle them to claim refugee status in New Zealand.

The applicant, who is only referred to as "AF" submitted a number of documents to support his claim.

One was a research paper co-authored by Professor Richard Bedford.

He's a specialist in migration studies and, since the mid-1960s, has been researching processes of population movement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Campbell Cooney asked him if there's any precedence for a case like this.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Professor Richard Bedford, Population Geography at the University of Waikato

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