Australia's Role in Supporting Kiribati's Migration with Dignity Policy Dealing with Sea Level Rise in the South Pacific

kiribati australia sea-level rise south pacific

Authors

  • Munjin Syafik Department of International Relations, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Raisha Nadina Nur Fitria Department of International Relations, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Bama Andika Putra
    bama@unhas.ac.id
    Department of International Relations, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Darwis Department of International Relations, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia
15 May 2022

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This study aims to describe Kiribati's adaptation efforts through the "Migration with Dignity" policy that the government made to deal with the sea level rise problem and to describe Australia's role in supporting Kiribati in carrying out this policy. The research method used in this research is a descriptive analytical research type that describes the cause and effect of a certain phenomenon, in this case, climate change, by describing data, facts, and arguments relevant to the discussion. The results of this study indicate that through migration policy as an adaptation strategy, the Kiribati government builds its capacity to respond to human security threats arising from sea level rise and fulfills the responsibility to ensure the survival of the population through education and skills development programs. In this regard, Australia plays a role as the dominant regional actor by providing assistance through AusAID. Australia's foreign aid as a donor country is used to meet the needs of Kiribati as a recipient country to support the "Migration with Dignity" policy.