The impact of climate change on migration is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. Climate change not only directly triggers migration, for example as a result of rising sea levels, but also exerts indirect effects which are channelled through and interlinked with social, economic, political and other aspects, for example the shortage of economic resources.
Projects Environmental Migration
The project aimed to analyse human rights implications of climate policies and their possible repercussions for displacement, resettlement and/or relocation. Climate policies (i.e. mitigation and adaptation policies) have an effect on the enjoyment of human rights and may even lead to migration.
The impacts of climate change will lead to migration, the extent of which is dependent on mitigation and adaptation measures. It is assumed that the majority of persons affected will stay within the region, i.e. mainly within the developing world, and that only few persons will have sufficient resources to arrive in countries outside their region.
This project aims at the investigation of the legal status and the treatment of "environmental refugees". The project was commissioned by the German Environmental Federal Agency and was carried out in cooperation with the University of Vienna, Department for International Law and International Relations.