New Publication: Climate Change and Displacement

Jane McAdam has further added to the gap in climate change and migration literature with her newest opus Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. As her book summary outlines: Environmental migration is not new. Nevertheless, the events and processes accompanying global climate change threaten to increase human movement both within States and across international borders. The […]

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

Jane McAdam, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia; and Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, published a paper that 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 […]

The German Marshall Fund Examines Climate-Induced Migration

The German Marshall Fund (GMF) based in Washington, DC launched an initiative last June to examine the link between climate change and migration and address its knowledge gaps. This project is now one of many researching this topic and has gathered leading experts in the field. Its core mission is to bring the topic to […]

Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific

(PreventionWeb) This draft study discusses how climate change is likely to influence population displacement, migration and settlement patterns and examines how this will impact development in five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific. It argues that if migration due to climate change is managed effectively, humanitarian crises will be minimized, conflicts avoided, and countries can […]

No Place Like Home

The Environmental Justice Foundation is a UK-based NGO working internationally to protect the natural environment and human rights. They have just released a report entitled “No Place Like Home: Where Next For Climate Refugees?”. The report details the growing economic and humanitarian costs of climate change attributable for the deaths of over 300,000 people and […]

Human Development Report 2009 Challenges Common Migration Misconceptions

The UN Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2009 (HDR), entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development” was released simultaneously across the world yesterday. The report “makes a strong case for removing barriers to migration within and across borders, arguing that human movement had brought perceptible all-round benefits and held the potential to improve the lives […]