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Title: Pacific transitions : population and change in island societies 
Author: Pirie, Peter
Date: 1995
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Despite some well-publicized pessimism about the future of the Pacific islands recently, the population and societal transitions now underway can provide grounds for optimism. The high death rates that followed European contact and almost wiped out several island populations have continued to drop sharply. More recently, birth rates have also been dropping, easing fears of population pressures. Transitions in employment and mobility are also reshaping island societies. Fewer islanders are working in agriculture and more are in higher paid urban jobs, especially in the service industries. Even though many people are migrating from village to urban areas, from outer islands to main islands, or even to other countries for work, they often send money back to help their home communities. Greater educational opportunities are also available to islanders. While some decry the loss of traditional institutions and see Pacific islanders as the victims of exploitation or dependency, others view them as taking maximum advantage of the wide variety of opportunities now available to them.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 20
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Pages/Duration: 8 pages
ISSN: 1522-0960
LC Subject Headings: Pacific Area - Population
Social change - Pacific Area
Pacific Area - Economic conditions

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  • AsiaPacific Issues [120]
    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.


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