31 Jan 2005

New figures show thousands leaving Fiji each year

4:31 pm on 31 January 2005

The exodus of people from Fiji is reported to be continuing unabated, with figures showing 106-thousand have left since the Rabuka coups in 1987.

The figure amounts to 12 and a half per cent of Fiji's population, and over 90% were ethnic Indians.

The Daily Post says the exodus gained further momentum after the Speight coup with 27-thousand people leaving until August of last year.

The newspaper says while the coups influenced may people's decision to leave, other factors were better living standards overseas and family reunion.

Other reasons cited include racial discrimination, Fiji's high rate of violent crime and lack of proper health facilities.