Human Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration: A New Paradigm
Rabab Fatima, Regional Coordinator and Advisor for South and South West Asia & Regional Adviser for Climate Change and Migration, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Andrew Bruce, Regional Director, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Suzanne Kelly-Lyall, Director, Governance and Institutional Capacity Building, Mekong Partnership for the Environment
Thomas Vargas, Senior Regional Protection Adviser, UNHCR
Katja Christina Nordgaard, Ambassador of Norway to Thailand
Edgar Badajos, Minister and Consul General, Embassy of the Philippines to Thailand
Climate change and environmental degradation are predicted to displace millions of people in the coming years, either directly or indirectly. While today’s international legal framework provides a degree of protection to those displaced by environmental factors and climatic events, there is no global consensus on a definition for such a group. In the absence of this, gaps in the legal system, and in implementation, how can recognition of the vulnerability of environmental migrants be facilitated and their protection ensured? This Issue in Brief from MPI and the International Organization for Migration explores how to protect climate change-induced migrants, particularly in the highly vulnerable Asia-Pacific region.
This discussion covers these critical issues and is the launch of the Issue in Brief, Human Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration: A New Paradigm, the eighth in an MPI and IOM joint-publication series offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today.
International Organization for Migration