27 Sep 2017

Marshalls growth nearly at a standstill

From , 6:02 am on 27 September 2017

The Marshall Islands population has increased by just 3,000 people in 17 years, according to an Asian Development Bank report.

That is fewer than 200 people a year, despite the fact that in the 2000s, the Marshall Islands averaged around 1,500 births per year.

Our correspondent says the population stagnation has been driven by Marshallese leaving for the US for job opportunities, education and healthcare.

Giff Johnson told Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor about the impacts of out-migration has on the nation.