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Charting a justice-based approach to planned climate relocation for the world's refugees

Peters, LER; Van Den Hoek, J; (2021) Charting a justice-based approach to planned climate relocation for the world's refugees. In: Global Views on Climate Relocation and Social Justice: Navigating Retreat. (pp. 48-61). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

As of this writing, there are 26 million refugees under UN mandate in 134 countries who have fled war and political persecution, with 10% living in UNHCR-managed refugee camps. The average stay in a refugee camp is more than 10 years, and more than two-thirds of refugees live in a “protracted refugee scenario,” defined by the UNHCR as a situation in which “basic rights and essential economic, social, and psychological needs remain unfulfilled after years in exile.” Such conditions can exacerbate the potential for social exclusion, economic isolation, and climate vulnerability across generations. Refugees need special assistance to adapt to climate change impacts, but they are consistently excluded from national disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning. Further, the encampment of refugees and asylum seekers restricts their ability to migrate within host countries and limits their agency to implement certain adaptation strategies including planned relocation. Despite the widespread recognition that climate change threatens the long-term viability of refugee camps, discussions of planned relocation and climate adaptation strategies are in their infancy. This chapter provides a framework to consider dimensions of social justice (including distributive, procedural, and restorative justice) in crafting a climate-induced relocation approach that promotes the agency, dignity, and security of refugees and host communities alike.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Charting a justice-based approach to planned climate relocation for the world's refugees
ISBN-13: 9780367693442
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781003141457-4
Publisher version: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.432...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10146894
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