Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue

Type

Book

Author(s)

Myers, N.

Title

Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue

Year

2005

Publisher

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Abstract

There is a new phenomenon in the global arena: environmental refugees. These are people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty. In their desperation, these people feel they have no alternative but to seek sanctuary elsewhere, however hazardous the attempt. Not all of them have fled their countries, many being internally displaced. But all have abandoned their homelands on a semi-permanent if not permanent basis, with little hope of a foreseeable return.

Citation

Myers, N. (2005). Environmental Refugees: An Emergent Security Issue. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.