Are Environmental Refugees Refused?

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Boon, E.K
Tra, T.L

Title

Are Environmental Refugees Refused?

Year

2007

Journal

Studies of Tribes and Tribals

Vol (No), pp

5(2), 85-95

Abstract

The term “environmental refugees” describes a new kind of mass human casualty caused by negative ecological impacts during the last decades. It has been estimated that 25 million environmental refugees are on the move worldwide due to environmental problems, 50 million are left homeless by cyclones, floods and earthquakes, 90 millions are displaced by infrastructural projects. These figures are expected to increase sharply in the next few decades due to the impacts of global warming and the consequence of sea level rise by 2050. Yet, the unfortunate environmental victims are refused refugee status and are not granted assistance and protection by the international community. Why is the number of environmental victims on the increase? Why are they left unassisted? Who should be responsible for what they have been suffered from? What should be done to limit the hardship being suffered by environmentally displaced people? This paper will attempt to answer these questions.

Citation

Boon, E. K., & Tra, T. L. (2007). Are Environmental Refugees Refused? Studies of Tribes and Tribals, 5(2), 85-95.

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