The case for recognition
Andrew Simms, Molly Conisbee
29 September 2003
Global human impact on the environment is creating a new kind of casualty — the environmental refugee.
Floods, storms, drought and other “man-made” disasters are already a bigger cause of population displacement than war and persecution.
This pocketbook argues that international law should recognise the concept of “environmental persecution” — action by states that lead to the oppression of individuals — and grant refugee status to people driven from the homes by a lost or ruined environment.
Without international recognition, the environmental refugee crisis could turn into a major source of global instability.
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