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‘It’s really hard to leave your country’: Tiibea is already preparing for climate-induced migration

Kiribati-born Tiibea Baure moved to Australia in 2008 as a nursing student with a plan for her extended family’s future.

“So when one day they have to migrate due to climate change, I’m here, ready to take them on board,” the Toowoomba-based aged care service manager said.

But Ms Baure said starting a life abroad came with its challenges.

When she arrived in Australia, she didn’t have access to Medicare or other social services and finding work for her husband — who arrived later — was difficult.

Rising sea levels and more frequent severe weather events threatened island nations like Kiribati.,Kurt Johnson ,

The 34-year-old permanent resident said the idea of ​​Pacific Island nations having to consider the relocation of their people was never easy to think about, but had to be planned for.

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