Blind-eye to a global crisis: Climate refugees

Prem, Sanat (2021) Blind-eye to a global crisis: Climate refugees. [Working papers (or Preprints)]

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In this paper, I seek to analyse the need to recognise “Climate Refugees” in the realm of International Law. Climate change is catching up with the human race, so much so that we have perhaps reached a point of ‘no return’ for the planet itself. However, people displaced by this phenomenon can still be saved – as long as the international community recognises their need and legality. I highlight prevalent gaps and issues in the current framework, and certain solutions that may be put in place to ensure that people displaced by climate change are not without a home and rendered ‘stateless’. The Kiribati Case, discussed later, provides hope that the international community is perhaps finally waking up to reality. The problem of climate refugees is not something that will happen; it is happening now. I believe that this is an issue that will dominate policy making in Environment and International Law in the near future and thus, set about finding possible solutions to inevitable problems. I discuss the need to formally recognise such refugees, the challenges of a new framework which eventually gives recognition, and possible short-term solutions before a nuanced framework is developed. We must begin with a change in the Refugees Convention for a start and face the reality that millions are being displaced because of a lack of acknowledgment of the world to an ever-growing problem.

Item Type: Working papers (or Preprints)
Keywords: Climate Refugees | International Law
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > International Relations
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 09:45
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