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Could climate change refugees become a reality?

Could climate change refugees become a reality?
Published on: 06 November 2015
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Could climate change refugees become a reality?
  • Background
  • What was the substance of Mr Teitiota’s claim?
  • Under what framework was he attempting to be recognised as the first climate change refugee?
  • Could Mr Teitiota’s claim start a legal debate around the grounds for claiming refugee status?
  • With climate change threatening many areas of the globe, could this be the first of many such claims?
  • Would such claims require changes to international treaties on refugees?
  • Is there more scope for protection for climate change refugees under the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR) than the Refugee Convention, given that the problem of showing persecution for a Convention reason is immediately removed?
  • Where do we go from here?

Article summary

Immigration analysis: The case of Teitiota v Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment highlights the inadequacies of the current refugee and human rights mechanisms to deal with the challenges of a potential future climate change refugee problem. Lee Jackson, barrister at Gherson, details the unsuccessful attempt of Mr Ioane Teitiota to become the world’s first climate change refugee. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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