Title: Climate refugees and their 'refugee' status

Authors: Kunal Kanodia

Addresses: Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, 617 Hamilton Hall MC2861, New York, NY 10027, USA

Abstract: This article explores the manner in which the growing problem of climate refugees poses a significant legal, social and ethical challenge to international humanitarian law. It takes note of the obligations of the Global North, and takes into account different humanitarian and legal arguments that have been acknowledged by national courts. It goes on to talk about legal obligations to deal with climate change in the Netherlands, and what this means for climate refugees. It proposes solutions, and emphasises the necessity of a synthetical approach to accommodate climate refugees.

Keywords: climate refugee; refugee; climate change; international law.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2017.088713

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2017 Vol.5 No.2, pp.102 - 110

Received: 30 Dec 2016
Accepted: 31 Dec 2016

Published online: 05 Dec 2017 *

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