New Zealand to Introduce a “Climate Refugee” Visa

The New Zealand immigration department sets aside 75 places a year in a lottery for migrants from Kiribati, and at the moment it can’t fill them.

Watts Up With That?

National flag of Kiribati, public domain image source Wikimedia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

New Zealand is considering adding “climate change” to its list of accepted reasons for claiming refugee status. But in my opinion this initiative is not what it seems.

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

Minister says experimental humanitarian visa category could be introduced for people displaced by rising seas

New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change.

The new category would make official the Green party’s pre-election policy which promised 100 visas for those affected by climate change.

As part of the new Labour-led coalition government, the Green party leader James Shaw was given the role of climate change minister.

He told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday that “an experimental humanitarian visa category” could be implemented for people from the Pacific who are…

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