The Right to Seek Asylum of ‘Climate Refugees’
Although the issue of climate change mitigation and adaptation is fortunately
evermore widely discussed, the problems facing ‘climate refugees’ only appears
sporadically in the discussions adding to the current confusion. Taking recent
and forecasted trends into account, the UN declares that states have serious
moral obligations to provide humanitarian protection to all those displaced.
The question which the international community and international lawyers
face is whether states have more than just a moral obligation to provide
protection. In this paper I will assess whether or not there are any roots in the
various sources of international law – such as conventional law, customary
international law, or the fundamental principles of international law – for
the legal definition of ‘climate refugees’.