Islander Seeking to Become First Climate Refugee to Be Deported

  • New Zealand to put Ioane Teitiota on a plane back to Kiribati
  • Case showed uncertain future faced by islanders as seas rise

Villagers on the island of Abaiang had to relocate their village because of rising seas and erosion. They are standing in the sea where their village, which consisted of about 100 homes, used to be.

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A Pacific Islander whose bid to become the world’s first climate-change refugee drew attention to the plight of tiny nations at the front lines of global warming is to be deported from New Zealand.

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