Australia has invited residents of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu to move to the mainland. Tuvalu is sinking due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
According to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, 280 Tuvalians will be able to arrive in the country every year. He promised Australia would provide them with a “special pathway” to access its services that would provide Tuvalians with decent mobility.
“This reflects Tuvalu’s circumstances as a low-lying country whose existence is particularly threatened by climate change,” Albanese said.
Earlier this year, NASA’s sea level assessment team found that global warming could push much of Tuvalu’s land mass and critical infrastructure below mean tide by 2050. In addition, researchers have discovered areas of land subsidence in Tuvalu.
Also as part of the alliance, Australia will use additional funds to expand the main island of Tuvalu so that its residents do not have to leave their homes.
Tuvalu is located on 5 atolls and 4 islands of the Tuvalu archipelago, formerly known as the Ellis Islands. The state gained independence in 1978. Its population is about 11 thousand people.