De La Définition Et Du Statut Des 'Réfugiés Climatiques': Une Première Réflexion (A Few Preliminary Reflections on the Definition and Status of 'Climate Refugees')
Yearbook of the New Zealand Association for Comparative Law, Vol. 16, pp. 389-405, 2010
18 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2011 Last revised: 5 Apr 2015
Date Written: November 23, 2011
This paper is in French. More than 26 million people are currently displaced as a result of events related to climate change and this number is expected to triple by 2020. Desertification, rising sea levels and other devastating natural disasters will lead an increasing number of individuals to leave their homes and find refuge elsewhere in their own country or abroad. Aggravating the predicament of those who have to flee their home country is that, unlike political refugees, international law does not afford them an official refugee status. This article analyses the issue of protective rights for "climate refugees" from a multidisciplinary perspective. It also reviews briefly the legal and policy challenges faced by international law in devising a specific framework for the protection of climate refugees. The article concludes with some preliminary thoughts on the need for systemic changes to enable the development of a body of rights that will protect effectively climate refugees.
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Keywords: climate change, refugees, human rights
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