‘Protection’ or ‘Migration’? The ‘Climate Refugee’ Treaty Debate

Jane Mcadam

in Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199587087
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738494 | DOI:
‘Protection’ or ‘Migration’? The ‘Climate Refugee’ Treaty Debate

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This chapter responds to proposals for a new refugee-like instrument for people displaced by climate change. First, it analyses the conceptual and pragmatic challenges of constructing such an instrument, not least given the very disparate types of movement that could be encompassed within that concept. Secondly, it examines an alternative paradigm for responding to movement: migration. This builds on calls by some affected States to expand existing migration opportunities for their nationals, and their resistance to the ‘climate refugee’ concept.

Keywords: climate change; displacement; migration; climate refugee

Chapter.  14110 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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