Magazine article New Internationalist

Re-Introducing. Ilham Aliyev

Magazine article New Internationalist

Re-Introducing. Ilham Aliyev

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As his homeland disappears under water, a man from Pacific Island nation Kiribati is battling to become the world's first legally recognized climate- change refugee.

Ioane Teitiota, who is 37 years old, moved to New Zealand in 2007, along with his wife, to seek asylum. The couple now have three young children and Teitiota argues that returning to Kiribati would put the family in danger.

Made up of 32 atolls, Kiribati is one of the world's lowest-lying countries, with a population of more than 100,000. Teitiota has described extreme high tides which kill crops and cause sickness by contaminating drinking water.

His legal team argue that the current Refugee Convention is out of date and needs to incorporate people fleeing climate change. …

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