Refusing Refuge in the Pacific: (De)constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law

Type

Book section

Author(s)

McAdam, Jane

Title

Refusing Refuge in the Pacific: (De)constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law

Date

2011

Editor(s)

Piguet, Etienne
Pécoud, Antoine
de Guchteneire, Paul

Book Title

Migration and Climate Change

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Abstract

This paper challenges calls for a new international treaty for ‘climate refugees’ or ‘climate migrants’. Drawing in part on field work undertaken in Kiribati and Tuvalu, it examines some conceptual and pragmatic difficulties in attempting to construct a refugee-like instrument for people fleeing the effects of climate change, and critiques whether there are legal, as opposed to political, benefits to be gained by advocating for such an instrument.

Citation

McAdam, J. (2011). Refusing Refuge in the Pacific: (De)constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law. In E. Piguet, A. Pécoud, & P. de Guchteneire (Eds.), Migration and Climate Change (pp. 102-137). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. URL : http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1636187

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