Refusing 'Refuge' in the Pacific: (De)Constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law
Jane McAdam, ‘Refusing 'Refuge' in the Pacific: (De)constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law’ in E Piguet, A Pécoud and P de Guchteneire (eds) Migration and Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
27 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010 Last revised: 28 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 8, 2010
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
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