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Environmental disasters and climate change force people to cross borders, but they’re not recognised as refugees

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate-driven weather events are causing increased cross-border migration with millions predicted to be displaced by 2050, but existing laws don't recognize such migrants as refugees, leaving them without crucial protection and support

🔭 The context: Current refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, typically doesn't cover individuals displaced solely by environmental disasters, creating a significant protection gap for those affected by climate-induced migrations

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: This legal gap leaves millions vulnerable amid escalating climate crises, highlighting a critical need for enhanced international protection mechanisms to maintain human rights and global stability

⏭️ What's next: Amendments to international laws and new protocols are crucial to ensure protection for climate-induced migrants, with current developments and UNHCR initiatives requiring further enhancements

💬 One quote: “People displaced by adverse weather developments should...require changes to international regulations and national laws” (Cristiano d'Orsi, South African Research Chair in International Law)

📈 One stat: By 2050, weather-related disruptions could displace up to 1.2 million people, emphasizing the urgent need for legal reforms

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