Research

The world has changed dramatically in the past 64 years since the adoption of the Refugee Convention, and so too have the dynamics of displacement. 

Significant scientific evidence exists to suggest that climate change is impacting our planet, posing adverse effects to human lives. However, we lack details on issues faced and the numbers of people displaced across borders as a result of climate change in all its forms - from environmental degradation to natural disasters. Climate Refugees exists to close that gap. We believe that policies shift when field evidence is heard. 

At Climate Refugees, we travel the world, listening and speaking to those displaced across international frontiers by climate change. Through our in-field research that documents the humanitarian consequences of displacement, Climate Refugees strengthens existing advocacy initiatives with field evidence.  

I am convinced that climate change will increasingly be a driver in worsening displacement crises in the world.
— António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Utilizing our expertise and years of experience conducting field interviews, legal, political and risk analysis, we advance advocacy through our documented research and evidence to support stronger lobbying and policymaking. 

Our field reports offer political, social and economic risk analysis vis-à-vis resource wars, food security, ethnic, religious and political tensions created or exacerbated by cross-border displacement, while always offering the perspectives of affected communities. 

 

advocacy

Our advocacy efforts are informed by evidence on the ground. Through our field reports, we shine a light on the problems faced by displaced populations and lobby policymakers for meaningful action to help those in need.

We coordinate advocacy initiatives with UN, civil society, government, corporate partners, legal and environmental experts to develop and support an international legal framework that protects people who are displaced across borders by climate change. 

In the case of cross-border movement, we are looking at a gaping legal hole.
— Jose Riera, UNHCR Senior Advisor for Division of International Protection

Climate change affects all but has the capacity to adversely affect the most vulnerable places on the planet, impacting the livelihoods and security of many around the world. Thus, we also work with partners in the international humanitarian system and security sectors to strengthen response, mitigation capacity and protection mechanisms that limit internal and external displacement. 

The issue of climate change displacement is global, but the response must be met locally, regionally and globally. We work with stakeholders at all levels and advocate for policies and programs that protect, prevent and mitigate.