17 Dec Should the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognize climate migrants?
Should the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognize climate migrants?
Environmental Research Letters
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Climate change is expected to increase migration flows, especially from socially and environmentally vulnerable populations. These ‘climate migrants’ do not have any official protection under international law, which has implications for the human security of migrants. This work argues that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can and should recognize climate migrants, and is the most relevant international framework for doing so. While not legally binding, the acknowledgment of climate displacement, migration and planned relocation issues in the UNFCCC’s Cancun Adaptation Framework indicates a willingness to address the issue through an adaptation lens. Herein, the paper proposes a framework for setting the institutional groundwork for recognizing climate migrants, focusing on the most vulnerable, promoting targeted research and policy agendas, and situating policies within a comprehensive strategy.
Gibb, C. and J. Ford (2012). “Should the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognize climate migrants?” Environmental Research Letters 7(4): 045601.
URL : http://stacks.iop.org/1748-9326/7/i=4/a=045601