Man from Pacific Island of Kiribati in Bid to Live in New Zealand as World’s First Climate Refugee

Nick Perry, Independent (London), October 1, 2013

A man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he’s a refugee–suffering not from persecution, but from climate change.

The 37-year-old and his wife left his remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born. Immigration authorities have twice rejected his argument that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.

So, on 16 October, the man’s lawyer, Michael Kidd, will argue the case before New Zealand’s High Court. Mr Kidd, who specialises in human rights cases, said he will appeal all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Legal experts consider the case a long shot, but it will be closely watched, and might have implications for residents in many low-lying islands. Kiribati, an impoverished string of 33 coral atolls about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, has about 103,000 people and has been identified by scientists as among the nations most vulnerable to climate change.

In a transcript of the immigration case obtained by the Associated Press, the Kiribati man describes extreme high tides, known as king tides, that he says have started to regularly breach Kiribati’s defences–killing crops, flooding homes and sickening residents. New Zealand immigration laws prevent him being named.

The man said that, around 1998, king tides began regularly breaching the sea walls around his village, which was overcrowded and had no sewerage system. He said fouled drinking water would make people vomit, and that there was no higher ground for villagers to escape to.

He said returning to the island would endanger the lives of his two youngest children.

“There’s no future for us when we go back to Kiribati,” he told the tribunal, according to the transcript. “Especially for my children. There’s nothing for us there.”

The man’s lawyer said the family is currently living and working on a New Zealand farm.

Last week, an international panel of climate scientists issued a report saying that it was “extremely likely” that human activity was causing global warming, and predicted that oceans could rise by as much as one metre by the end of the century. If that were to happen, much of Kiribati would simply disappear.

Though that is a dire prospect, New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal has said it is not addressed by laws dealing with refugees.

In a decision recently made public, tribunal member Bruce Burson said the legal concept of a refugee is someone who is being persecuted, which requires human interaction. He said the tribunal rejected the man’s claim because nobody is persecuting him.

The tribunal found there was no evidence that the environmental conditions on Kiribati were so bad that the man and his family would face imminent danger should they return.

Burson said the man’s claim was also rejected because the family’s predicament was no different than that faced by the wider population of Kiribati.

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  • Luca

    Will New Zealand now be expected to take on entire population of Polynesians? Why doesn’t this “victim” emigrate to Papua New Guinea instead?

    Just another case of third-worlders wanting to latch onto what European people have created.

    • a multiracial individual

      It appears that persistent, conservative denial of science will prove very costly to Western nations. People ignore the science, now it’s either accept refugees from low elevation islands or let them drown.

      • Spartacus

        Let them drown .

      • sbuffalonative

        What are conservative in denial about? That the temperature of the earth has been in flux since it was formed or that man can control sea levels?

      • Luca

        In the geological history of the world, over hundreds of millions of years, mountains have risen and fallen, oceans have appeared and dried up, lush jungles became deserts, uncounted species appeared and became extinct and massive ice ages came and went before the first intelligent homo sapiens left Africa.

        That is an inconvenient truth.

        But the agenda (charade) must go on, so lets blame it on conservatives.

      • Oil Can Harry

        So far less people have drowned from global warming than from riding in Ted Kennedy’s car.

    • sbuffalonative

      The Dutch and the Venetians have long developed ways to deal with fluctuating sea levels. Maybe one of these Pacific Islanders can use their superior intelligence to find ways to cope with alleged sea rise.

      • JackKrak

        Right – and haven’t we always been told that the black & brown people of the world lived in harmony with nature etc. forever before the white man showed up and made Mother Nature cry? Well, since they apparently have such an intuitive and spiritual relationship with nature, then I’m sure they will fine.

    • Erasmus

      Papua New Guinea would be a good fit for this guy. Heaven forbid he should have to go and live among those evil whites blacks and browns are always complaining about.

  • MekongDelta69

    Let him live in Al Gore’s house…

    • gemjunior

      That’s a great idea! And also totally do-able since Al Gore, aka ManBearPig, has about 5 houses all over the world which use loads more energy than a regular person who ISN’T

  • Send him to Antarctica. Next case?

  • Spartacus

    He said returning to the island would endanger the lives of his two youngest children.

    “There’s no future for us when we go back to Kiribati,” he told the
    tribunal, according to the transcript. “Especially for my children.
    There’s nothing for us there.”


    The Dutch have been in the same situation for centuries, and they pulled through . I wonder what the difference is…

    • MekongDelta69

      Windmills?! Wooden shoes?! Tulips?!

      • Katherine McChesney

        My brother in law is Dutch from a small town in Holland. He and my sister have a second home there. He praises Holland’s multiculturalism. But, then he’s a liberal, an athiest, a lover of blacks, Mexicans, muslims and homosexuals. He also believes the global warming scam.

        He has mind-controlled my sister to accept his beliefs.

        I have nothing in common with either of them.

        • Oil Can Harry

          Lots of white liberals love blacks, hispanics and Muslims from afar.
          It’s a long-distance love affair.

        • skara_brae

          Just curious Katherine, what does he think of the butchering of Theo Van Gogh?

          • Katherine McChesney

            I’ll have to ask him about that. I’m sure he’ll make an excuse for it.

      • Spartacus

        You got it – it’s the wooden shoes ! They use them to float on water !

    • gemjunior

      Hmm, good point Spartacus? Oooo, it makes me wonder…. Ooooo it really makes me wonder.. (Zeppelin) I too cannot imagine what people could do in this day and age, with all the available technology, to create a barrier superior to the old Dutch dyke system that the native Dutch people built around a thousand years ago? Or even 500 years ago? Some people are still unable to reach the mark others reached all those years ago. Think about it. Oh, I suppose we could attribute it to those Dutch having exploited people in India and Africa. THAT is who really built the dykes. Oh, and not only people, the Dutch also exploited the countries’ resources. They stole that gold and diamonds etc. that was sitting around undisturbed for untold millennia which the Africans were just about to start mining for. And exploited the rubber trees that had grown up all over the continent that nobody had ever thought to do anything with. The resources that were never used and nobody knew how to extract or refine were STOLEN. Just as they were about to get down to business and build a civilization. Imagine that.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    There is a pretty good chance that climate refugeeism will be the next big anti-white immigrations scam.

    • David Ashton

      Spot on.

      A cloud no bigger than a man’s middle finger.

    • Harry Largo

      Any excuse is a good one if it results in more non-whites being imported into the first world.

    • dd121

      Liberals love collective guilt and punishment. They hate the notion that anyone should have to take personal responsibility for bad things that happen to them.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I once worked with a guy who was native Fijian(?). He was fired for grabbing women’s breasts when they bent over to search through records in the file cabinets.

    • Andy

      “Women” as in he did it to more than one woman, and they didn’t fire him the first time?

  • dd121

    I’m sure they’ll grant him asylum. Liberals just love this sort of nonsensical argument. The judges will probably even apologize for causing the ocean levels to rise.

  • The Final Solution

    You can be sure it won’t be long before this island’s entire population is transplanted to some western country. Islanders are among the rudest, laziest, most vile people on earth. They won’t do anything until they ‘feel like’ doing it. If you hire one of these, you will never get a day’s work out of them.

  • IstvanIN

    All refugee/asylum status should be ended. Repatriation is the only answer.

  • Sick of it

    We’re at the point where we cannot take care of our own people. Our economies are collapsing. Our people are going hungry, jobless, homeless. Why should we take care of foreigners instead of our own people?

  • WR_the_realist

    All refugees should be sent to Ghana. Anybody willing to accept that destination no doubt actually is being persecuted in his home country.

  • I went to school with some Islanders and like Bantu’s they mature physically very early, being fully physically mature by about age 13.
    Samoans and Tongans especially are built like brick s— houses and are taking over all of our full contact sports(in 2010 American Samoa’s total population was 55k, but had 28 players in the NFL!!), such as 50% of all current Australian age grade RL reps are of Polynesian origin, Rugby too is pretty inundated (especially in the backs with their running skills), as they mature young, they tend to dominate the local sports culture and they don’t like playing with the White boys much preferring to push them away.
    Security work, such as doormen/bouncer work is also is riff with Islanders.
    They also self admittedly love high protein/saturated fats foods, with KFC being an Islander favorite(no joke).
    Islanders are musically pretty talented, well by what constitutes the modern definition of music, such as they often dominate shows like Australian and NZ Idol as finalists, although proportionally they’re less then 1% to 5% of either country respectively.

    On the good side, half of them have taken to Christianity, which seems to have subdued them somewhat, Churches love them as they’ll worship six nights a week, fill the choirs and automatically hand over their weekly tithing’s, the others who’ve taken to the worst parts of Western culture (Hip hop, gangs, drugs, being “sports stars” etc……let’s call it “new Western culture”) have come out a lot worst, with an inclination for violent and sexual crimes.
    As for drinking, their bodies have trouble metabolizing alcohol as they’ve only had access to it for about 150 years (Northern Europeans were drinking beer like ales, such as mead and so on 1000yrs ago+ and Mediterranean types wine etc 2000 yrs ago), So as an ex bar tender I can attest that they’re nasty drunks, getting mean drunk very quickly.
    In fact looking at the NZ Maori you have a whole generation whose kids are suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, who’re now at an age where they’re popping out (too many, too young) babies themselves that they’re incapable of raising properly themselves, with infanticide being a major problem in their community(often at the hands of the mothers new BF) and grandparents, state services (who are over worked, under funded) or the local gangs stepping up to do the job.
    This makes the nanny state mentality kick in with all citizens having to get their kids checked for various demeaning and basic measures, due to the shortfalls of these minority groups parenting.
    Domestic violence is a big problem in the Polynesian community.
    P.I’s, often having 10 kids in their families (of course, rolling eyes, and unfortunately even when they snag a white woman too) and it’s not unusual for the mother to have the heaviest hands (for Samoan woman to be morbidly obese is revered in their culture) even beating up the father if he gets out of line.
    I saw an interview with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnston talking about how his mother still terrorizes him to this day, as what we’d call domestic violence, they’d call traditional discipline.
    This attitude to violence, along with their large stature, inability to drink alcohol responsibly all makes them dangerous to socialize around for sure.
    I had a ‘nice guy’ friend who I studied self defense with, who I knew worked as a doorman, but I fell out of touch with.
    Well I bumped into this old buddy two years after being worked over ‘on the door’ when trying to card three Islander teens aged 14-16.
    Even two years after this attack and the guy’s hands and head were shaking from the neurological damage he’d suffered, he admitted that he just turned away from them for ‘a second’ when one of them king hit him from his blind spot and he doesn’t remember anything else from the attack.
    He was later told by horrified witnesses, that these Islanders kicked his head repeatedly while he lay prone on the ground for an extended period, in the wash up no one was charged for the attack and my friend is stuffed for life (these types of beat down’s from Islanders are common).
    Employers love them, because unlike Bantu’s, they show up on time, are almost never sick, are physically strong, don’t seem to have the “go on workers compensation” mentality and never seem to quit, but as a group we’re getting no cures from cancer from them believe me.
    The impression I got from hanging around them, is that they have no internal subconscious ‘little voice’, they just do, which is why they won’t think twice about using a machete on someone, but this quality somehow makes them very loyal too.
    Although they sound a lot like Bantu’s in my description above, they don’t seem to have the sleazy lazy cunning aspect that blacks have, although unfortunately the young ones do identify with all the grievances and the attractive negative lifestyle that Hip hop culture presents.
    Unfortunately Islander sporting prowess is what’s making them be accepted by all the White males I know, couple that with the “wrap our kids in cotton wool and get them to play soccer” mentality doesn’t help, but then I wouldn’t want to put my six year old son on the sporting field, to have his bones crunched by a six year old, 200 pound Islander kid.

    • Luca

      Interesting post. it appears where ever the White European diaspora went, their benevolence, use, tolerance and exploitation of the brown races has been a social disaster in the long run.

      Forced diversity is poison to all civilizations.

  • Fr. John+

    Just like refugees in boats on the Mediterranean sinking with all aboard, such ‘acts of God’ are the righteous judgment on those not predestined to live. We Whites are neither obligated, nor allowed to let the ‘xenos’ in our midst. We should have learned that with the slaves, and the last sixty years of ‘multiculturalism.’ There is a reason the O.T. was as anti-miscegenationist as it is, and why Europe was great only so long as she was racially pure. The two are the hypostatic union of Adam’s seed with Christ’s Church. All of the Rainbow, multiculti stuff these days is theological, as well as racial, heresy. end of story.

  • Sloppo

    If an asylum seeker is to be relocated for humanitarian reasons, he or she should be sent to a place where they are racially/culturally as similar as possible to the traditional majority population.

    • New Guinea it is, but I’d prefer they all be sent to Antarctica. Even without isostatic rebound, the average elevation is higher than that of any other continent.

  • When I was still allowed possess firearms, I used to keep a loaded 1911A1 .45″ in my car. I imagine several 185-grain Winchester “Silvertips” through the snot-box would take the fight out of even one of them. Nobody’s that tough.

    The .45″ caliber was reintroduced in US service because the .38″ round wouldn’t stop a berserk Moro in the Philippines. The British likewise had no complaints about their .455″ Webley revolver round.

  • Don’t worry overmuch. What happens when we refuse to work to support them?