New Zealand deporting family to island nation doomed by rising sea levels

"Persecution" or fear of "serious harm" if returned home are among the key words when it comes to nations granting newcomers refugee status under their own laws or international law. The grounds for such potential harm can be religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, fear of genital mutilation, violence, torture, and a host of other elements.

Being consumed by rising sea levels at home, however, isn't one of the factors to win refugee status. In a Monday ruling, the New Zealand...

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