Environmental Refugees from the Maldives: Are They Protected?

26 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2009

Date Written: July 25, 2009


This study seeks to explore whether the 1951 Refugee Convention provides protection for environmental refugees based on three scenarios. The first scenario is whether the Refugee Convention would protect Maldivian’s if, today in 2009, they sought refugee status due to the threat to their habitat and survival from rising sea levels. The second scenario regards 2050, when it is predicted that rising sea levels will inundate a significant portion of the Maldives resulting in internally displaced people and whether these people would received protection under the Guiding Principles provided to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The final scenario regards 2100, when there is a large possibility that the entire Maldives will be submerged and whether the principle of non-refoulment would apply to people fleeing the country.

Keywords: Climate change refugees, environmental refugees, climate change

Suggested Citation

Brears, Robert, Environmental Refugees from the Maldives: Are They Protected? (July 25, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1438822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1438822

Robert Brears (Contact Author)

University of Canterbury ( email )

Ilam Road
New Zealand

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