28 Nov How to respond justly to climate change displaced persons
van Herpen, C.
How to respond justly to climate change displaced persons
Vol (No), pp
Climate change poses an enormous threat to human security in the 21st century, with the most devastating impact predicted to be displacement and forced human migration. The UNHCR warns that the potential scale of such movement could range from 25 million to one billion people by 20501 while the International Organisation on Migration projects a figure of 250 million by 2050.2 We are already witnessing global impacts such as more extreme and increased weather events, sea-level rise and severe droughts and will continue to see a rise of a new category of refugee that is not currently defined or protected under international law: the Climate Change Displaced Person (CCDP).