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Webinar: Does the United States Need a Climate Refugee Policy?

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Monday, 05 February 2018, 2:55


Monday, February 5, 2018. 2:55PM. Webinar: Does the United States Need a Climate Refugee Policy? Cristina Garcia, Cornell University. Sponsored by David Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University. More information here.


The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reports that, since 2008, roughly 25 million people have been displaced each year because of sudden-onset disasters such as hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  More difficult to count are those who are displaced by slower-developing environmental crises such as deforestation, erosion, drought and the salinization of fresh water sources.  According to some forecasts, unmitigated climate change may result in the displacement of as many as 250 million people by mid-century, many of who will have no choice but to cross international borders in search of refuge.  Migration has always been a strategy of survival and adaption.  We can expect more migration in response to climate change, but the exact numbers are impossible to predict.


What legal protections are available to the so-called “climate refugees”?  What are the duties of nations?  How does U.S. immigration policy respond to those fleeing environmental crises?  Does the United States need a “climate refugee policy”?  What might that look like?



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