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Climate Migrants: Protecting Immigrants from Adverse Impacts of Climate Change


February 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is free and open to the public but you must register. Note: there is no in-person availability for this event.

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As climate change intensifies and extreme weather events wreak havoc on communities, human populations are becoming increasingly mobile despite minimal legal protections for climate migrants. By 2050, events linked to climate change – including extreme drought and agricultural losses, wildfires, sea-level rise and other flooding, and impacted economies – are expected to forcibly displace 50-200 million people worldwide.

A particular challenge migrants face is the varied laws and processes each nation has in regard to immigration. Without a global framework for environmental refugees, this challenge is likely to worsen. One approach gaining traction to combat these issues is bilateral agreements between the countries where people are expected to leave and the countries likely to receive them, which may ease the migration process and provide protections for climate migrants.

How can international laws and agreements be leveraged to alleviate the disproportionate risks and harms migrants face from climate change and natural disasters? What are the opportunities and obstacles for climate migration policies and agreements? What should the core considerations be in the design of climate migration bilateral agreements? Join ELI and expert panelists to explore these questions and the opportunities and challenges to increase protections for climate migrants.

Carl Bruch, Director, International Programs, and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Samantha Artiga, Director, Disparities Policy Project, Kaiser Family Foundation (invited)
Sui Chung, Attorney, Immigration Law & Litigation Group (invited)
Elizabeth Fussell, Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environmental Studies, Brown University (invited)
David N. Pellow, Director, Global Environmental Justice Project, and Dehlsen Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara (invited)

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