'Migration with Dignity': Towards a New Zealand response to Climate Change displacement in the Pacific

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Harriet Farquhar

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The impacts of climate change threaten to cause the displacement of millions of people worldwide by the middle of this century. In spite of this looming crisis, international law provides insufficient protection to those who will be forced to migrate. In most cases, those who are displaced will fall outside of current protection frameworks. This paper examines why this protection deficit should be of particular concern to New Zealand, and it argues that there are significant incentives for New Zealand to develop a response to the issue of climate change displacement in the Pacific. The paper concludes that in order to ensure Pacific peoples are able to migrate with dignity, pre-emptive, voluntary migration schemes should be put in place to facilitate migration flows. These should build upon the current immigration framework, and include the extension of current permanent and temporary migration schemes, as well as the introduction of labour-training migration schemes.

Keywords: Climate change; migration; displacement; AF (Kiribati); Teitiota v The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Farquhar, Harriet, 'Migration with Dignity': Towards a New Zealand response to Climate Change displacement in the Pacific (2014). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper, Student/Alumni Paper No. 19/2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786254

Harriet Farquhar (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni ( email )

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Wellington, Victoria 6140
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