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Refusing 'Refuge' in the Pacific: (De)Constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law

MIGRATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE, E. Piguet, A. Pécoud and P. de Guchteneire, eds., UNESCO, Paris, Forthcoming

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-27

26 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010  

Jane McAdam

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 8, 2010

Abstract

This paper challenges calls for a new international treaty for ‘climate refugees’ or ‘climate migrants'. Drawing in part on field work undertaken in Kiribati and Tuvalu, it examines some conceptual and pragmatic difficulties in attempting to construct a refugee-like instrument for people fleeing the effects of climate change, and critiques whether there are legal, as opposed to political, benefits to be gained by advocating for such an instrument.

Keywords: Climate change, Climate refugees, climate migrants

Suggested Citation

McAdam, Jane, Refusing 'Refuge' in the Pacific: (De)Constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law (July 8, 2010). MIGRATION, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE, E. Piguet, A. Pécoud and P. de Guchteneire, eds., UNESCO, Paris, Forthcoming; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636187

Jane McAdam (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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