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Kiribati is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the central Pacific Ocean.
Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. The capital, South Tarawa, which is now the most populated area, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.
In June 2008, Kiribati officials asked Australia and New Zealand to accept Kiribati citizens as permanent refugees. Kiribati is expected to be the first country to lose all its land territory to global warming.
1892 - They were declared a part of a British protectorate with the nearby Ellice Islands
2008 - Kiribati officials asked Australia and New Zealand to accept Kiribati citizens as permanent refugees
2008, the Kiribati President Anote Tong said that the country has reached "the point of no return." He added, "To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that
2012 - The government of Kiribati purchased the 2,200-hectare Natoavatu Estate on the second largest island of Fijiand and it was widely reported that the government planned to evacuate the entire population of Kiribati to Fiji
2013 - President Tong began urging citizens to evacuate the islands and migrate elsewhere
2014 - The Office of the President confirmed the purchase of some 5,460 acres of land on Vanua Levu at a cost of 9.3 million Australian dollars