First Climate Change Refugee?

For years, scholars and practitioners have anticipated and discussed the massive challenges on migratory policies resulting from climate-induced changes. It seems that the world has reached the stage where that theoretical discussion becomes a very real legal question. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broadcasted a very interesting report around the story of Iaone Teitiota, a Kiribati man asking New Zealand courts to declare him the world’s first “climate change refugee”. The full report is available online, including an interview to Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang, a Kiribati citizen currently working in Sydney, Australia, as an outreach officer for the Pacific Calling Partnership. On the topic, the book Climate and Human Migration by Robert McLeman (University of Waterloo, Canada) will be released soon.

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