8 Aug 2005

Chilean government moves to limit migration to Easter Island

8:24 am on 8 August 2005

The Chilean government is considering limiting migration to the world-famous archaeological site of Easter Island.

The BBC says the move is a bid to stop the indigenous population from being overrun by people from the mainland.

Easter Island has been part of Chile since 1888 and is best known for its giant carved stone statues.

The initiative is part of a broader proposal for a new law to administer the island.

The detailed plan includes greater local decision-making, better transport and a new commission to try and preserve the local culture.