Since 2008, environmental disasters have displaced approximately three times more people than violence and armed conflict. Climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of disasters, making climate displacement a growing global challenge.
But there is a legal protection gap for people fleeing climate-related disasters across and within borders because at this time, there are no multilateral treaties or domestic laws covering climate displacement and it is still unclear how international and regional refugee law applies to people displaced by climate change.
IRAP is working to expand legal protections for climate displaced people. Using existing legal tools and building on our expertise providing legal services to refugees and displaced people, as well as our work on legal advocacy and impact litigation, we will identify and advocate for pathways to safety for people displaced by climate change.
New IRAP Report Recommends Action to Tackle Climate Displacement
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) released a new report, “Opportunities to Address Climate Displacement in the U.S.,” which outlines the legal protection gaps that prevent people displaced by climate change from finding safety and what the United States can do to address them.
U.S. Opportunities to Address Climate Displacement (August 2, 2021)
This report highlights opportunities for the U.S. government to address climate displacement, identifying and advocating for pathways to safety for climate-displaced people based on existing legal tools and opportunities to develop new pathways.