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A Migrant's Voice: School Is the Only Land You Can Have!


Kiribati currently has about 10-15,000 residents of Tuvalu nationality or descent, including the descendants of people from Kiribati and Tuvalu who married during colonial times, those who moved to be with relatives after the two regions each gained independence, and people with special skills-mainly sailors.


Those from Tuvalu have an active migrant community organization, Kirivalu. The following first-person report is the result of an interview recorded in Kiribati with the chairman of Kirivalu, Semilota Finauga, who talks about his life on both Kiribati and Tuvalu.


I was born in 1974, and back then my parents worked as miners in Nauru. When I was 10, I returned to Tuvalu to study in high school. In 1992, I successfully passed the exams and enrolled in the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and thus I met my wife, who was from Kiribati. In 2000, I set foot on Kiribati for the first time and was struck with the realization that it's a pretty nice place!


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