The International Protection and Rights of 'Environmental Refugees'

01 October 2008 → 30 September 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Law
    • Other law and legal studies
refugee flows East-Afrika ecological degradation international legal obligations
Project description

Environmental refugees are increasingly becoming a problem for the international community. Being forced to leave the homeland by external environmental factors, they currently have no legal right to protection, contrary to 'political' refugees. The research focuses firstly on an ecological migration typology ('refugee' versus 'migrant' versus 'displaced person'). Then it will be examined which current or future legal instruments can offer the best protection for ecological refugees. Focus on East-Africa.