Four months after refusing to take in migrants from the tiny, sinking Pacific nation of Tuvalu, Australia has asked Tuvalu to take in Middle East emigrants seeking asylum. Australia has turned away about 1,500 asylum seekers since August, sending many to small Pacific nations.

With a total land area of approximately 10 square miles and a population of 11,000 people, Tuvalu is one-tenth the size of Washington D.C., and is spread over nine atolls.
read more