Anthony Albanese‘s government has offered the residents of the tiny island nation of Tuvalu the chance to live, work and study in Australia. 

Tuvalu, a nation of 11,200 people which comprises nine low-lying islands in the South Pacific, could be the first country in the world to disappear due to rising sea levels. 

In an announcement on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cooks Islands, Mr Albanese said Australia would strike a treaty with Tuvalu. 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Tuvalu's PM Kausea Natano

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Tuvalu's PM Kausea Natano

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Tuvalu’s PM Kausea Natano

Australia will offer up to 280 residents each year the ability to come to Australia to live, work and study. 

Under the pact, Australia will also provide assistance to the Pacific Island in cases of natural disasters, pandemics threats to its national security.

‘What this does is formalise Australia as Tuvalu’s partner of choice going forward,’ said Mr Albanese. 

Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano said the country’s residents will be allowed to work, study and live in Australia under the deal. 

‘The dedication to Australia in supporting the people of Tuvalu goes beyond words and it has touched our hearts profoundly,’ Mr Natano said. 

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