Pitcairn looking for migrants (preferably Islander and their descendants)

by Dom on October 23, 2013

As a disclaimer and to put my flag in the ground from the outset, I am fascinated by the sociology, remoteness and history of Pitcairn and would like to visit the place. I just don’t think I ever will….

While trawling through a daily Pacific Rim news email from the East West Centre at The University of Hawai’i, I came across this story: Pitcairn Hopes To Woo Islanders’ Descendants Back. Here is the link: http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2013/October/10-23-08.htm.

What fascinates me about this story is:

–          It was on the back of an appeal by the Pitcairn Tourism Coordinator (who knew?);

–          There are few places on the planet as inaccessible or isolated as Pitcairn, so it doesn’t hold a lot of appeal for most anybody socialised anywhere else;

–          Those who it does hold appeal for, you may need to seriously worry about (more on this later);

–          The Pitcairn Islanders and their descendants left for a reason, I am doubtful that among them, much less the general global population, there are 30 people willing to move there who would be welcomed;

–          How open is Pitcairn to receiving refugees or other displaced people?;

–          A more detailed story on the same topic ran not so long ago: http://www.pidp.org/pireport/2013/August/08-20-10.htm;

–          (this is the later) THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PITCAIRN HISTORY ARE MUTINY AND, MORE RECENTLY, CHILD RAPE!

Also, there is the whole issue that if you have children, you won’t be able to take them there easily, as there are currently restrictions on people under 16 going to Pitcairn.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe Pitcairn has the right to exist, that the UK has the obligation to support it, and that people who wish to settle there should be able to do so freely without question, let or hindrance. And I hope the community has healed a great deal since the recent trials. I know the Crown is not silly enough to let even the most remote scrap of rock become uninhabited. And I hope they succeed in their mission to make the island and settlement sustainable. I don’t want to see current Islanders forced to resettle elsewhere.

But, I would like to leave you with this titbit from a Pitcairn Immigration site: “Living in a tiny community on one of the most remote islands in the world is something that should be carefully considered. Once, here you’re a long way from home.” And therein lies the problem with all of this, you’ll be a long way from home…. The place they want you to emigrate to, won’t feel like home, and they know it.

So, for anyone interested, have a look at the Pitcairn Immigration website, www.immigration.pn, or flick them an email at immigration@pitcairn.gov.pn.

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