Protection of Cross-Border Victims of Natural Disasters and Displacement in East Africa

Type

Book section

Author(s)

Attalo, A
Nyamori, V

Title

Protection of Cross-Border Victims of Natural Disasters and Displacement in East Africa

Date

2009

Editor(s)

Schmidt, Johannes Dragsbaek
Kimathi, Leah
Owiso, Michael Omondi

Book Title

Refugees and Forced Migration in the Horn and Eastern Africa: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Publisher

Spring International Publishing

Place published

Cham

pp

193-219

Abstract

This contribution argues that the cross-border victims of natural disasters are protected under the existing legal framework of international refugee law. Global warming has now more than ever rendered many geographical regions uninhabitable. From mudslides and earthquakes to rising sea levels that submerge islands, humanity faces a threat, whose existence was not explicitly provided for under the regime of refugee law, but one that has nonetheless been the cause of major migration patterns. This has thrown the international community into disarray, with arguments existing both for and against the inclusion of such displaced individuals, in the regime of refugee protection. This contribution interrogates the various regional and international treaties and conventions that protect refugees and advances the theory that the regime of refugee law has evolved to encompass the modern-day victims of forced displacement that occurs as a result of natural phenomena.

Citation

Attalo, A. & Nyamori, V. (2019). Protection of Cross-Border Victims of Natural Disasters and Displacement in East Africa. In J. D., Schmidt, L, Kimathi, M.O., Owiso (Eds.), Refugees and Forced Migration in the Horn and Eastern Africa: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Available doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-03721-5_11.

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