MARSHALLS MIGRATION JUMPS AS LIVING COSTS SOAR

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Figures show 1,500 residents left the republic last year

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 1, 2009) – Migration from the Marshall Islands has jumped - and the move has been blamed on soaring living costs.

Figures released by the US Department of Transportation for 2008 show the number of Marshall islanders emigrating hit an eight-year high.

Just over 1,500 people left the tiny Pacific nation last year, nearly three times the number departing the previous year.

Carl Hacker, director of the Marshall Islands Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, told AFP news agency "dramatic increases" in fuel and food prices were considered to be factors in the trend.

The present population of the Marshall Islands is estimated at 55,000.

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