The Question of the Protection of 'Environmental Refugees' from the Standpoint of International Law

MIGRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE, pp. 359-386, d’Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud & Paul de Guchteneire, eds., UNESCO Publishing/Cambridge University Press, August 2011

17 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2012

Date Written: November 28, 2009

Abstract

The question of the definition and protection of environmental refugees or climate refugees is becoming more common in reports from UN agencies or organizations in the work of experts, researchers and academics, as well as NGO’s literature. The "qualification" of these movements varies between persons or organizations that are expressed. Today, no legal instrument does not define or provide direct protection, readable and relevant to all environmental refugees: it remains to be built. Therefore, our contribution will analyze the main tracks prospective currently discussed in academia, politics, associations and experts. The degree of realism, relevance and feasibility of these tracks will be interviewed legal.

Keywords: Environmental and climate migrations, legal protection, internal displaced persons, refugees, stateless persons, responsibility, UNHCR

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Cournil, Christel, The Question of the Protection of 'Environmental Refugees' from the Standpoint of International Law (November 28, 2009). MIGRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE, pp. 359-386, d’Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud & Paul de Guchteneire, eds., UNESCO Publishing/Cambridge University Press, August 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1994357

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