The Daily Telegraph

New Zealand deports would-be first ever ‘climate change refugee’
The Daily Telegraph

Ioane Teitiota argued for four years he should stay in New Zealand because of rising seas that threaten to deluge Kiribati, making it unsafe for him and his family

New Zealand has deported a Pacific islander who launched a failed bid to become the world’s first climate change refugee, the man’s supporters said Thursday.

Ioane Teitiota was sent to Kiribati on Wednesday after exhausting all avenues of appeal in his four-year battle to stay in New Zealand. Mr Teitiota, 39, had argued that he should not be sent back to Kiribati as rising seas threaten to deluge the island nation of 100,000 people, making it unsafe for him and his family. His pastor, Reverend Iosefa Suamalie, confirmed Mr Teitiota’s departure after the expatriate Kiribati community’s last-minute pleas were turned down.

Rev Suamalie said the future was uncertain for Mr Teitiota’s wife and three New Zealand-born children, who are expected to follow him to Kiribati next week.

John Key, the prime minister, this week said Teitiota’s argument lacked credibility and he had to abide by New Zealand’s laws.

« I’m sure people feel for the guy… (but) in my eyes, he’s not a refugee, he’s an overstayer, » he said.

Dans le débat francophone, il paraît que la Dussault a dit qu’il y avait des milliers de réfugiés climatiques…