A man from Tuvalu has become the latest person from the Pacific to argue climate change factors should be considered in his bid for refugee status in New Zealand.

The 25-year-old said the water on his home island was not drinkable and he would be discriminated against in finding a job because of his criminal convictions.

Immigration New Zealand said 11 people had claimed asylum in New Zealand in the last five years because of climate change.

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Source: Radio New Zealand International