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Mar 30, 2023
Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico
This report analyzes the intersection of climate change and climate-related disasters with other root causes of movement across borders for people who have traveled to the United States-Mexico border from Central America and other parts of Mexico to seek U.S. humanitarian protection. It is based on 38 interviews in Tijuana shelters with Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, and Salvadoran individuals who intend to seek U.S. asylum, conducted in Spanish in January 2023 by HUMSI and a team of Stanford Law School students.
Mar 30, 2023
“They don’t care about the hurricane. [Gangs] collect the payments just the same”: New Report Highlights Impact of Climate Change…
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and Human Security Initiative (HUMSI) released Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico, a report analyzing the impact of climate change and climate-related disasters on people seeking humanitarian protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Nov 9, 2022
Advocacy Memo on Climate Displacement – Key Legal Levers
This advocacy memo offers an overview of existing and potential legal levers at the regional and national level in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean that provide some legal relief to those displaced by climate change.
Feb 4, 2022
One Year After Biden Signed Order to Restore Refugee Program, Progress Has Fallen Short
One year ago today, newly-inaugurated President Biden signed an executive order (EO) to build back and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. IRAP applauded the EO when it was signed, but now warns that little progress has been made to carry out its goals.
Nov 15, 2021
Call to Action Following White House Report on Climate Change and Migration
On the last day of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), IRAP and 12 partner organizations sent a letter to the White House to demand concrete action to address climate displacement. The full letter, including our requests and recommendations, is available here.
Oct 21, 2021
IRAP Responds to White House Report on Climate Change and Migration
Today, the White House National Security Council (NSC) issued a report on climate change and migration, the first time multiple U.S. agencies have worked together to comprehensively assess the impact of climate-fueled displacement. In the report, the Biden administration announced the creation of an interagency policy process to “coordinate U.S. government efforts to mitigate and respond to migration resulting from the impacts of climate change.”
Aug 2, 2021
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.