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The New York Refugee Summit – its outcome

This week New York City was host to the Summit for Refugees and Migrants at the UN headquarters. Leaders from all over the world came to New York to discuss current and future challenges regarding refugees and migrants, amongst them Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, US president Barack Obama and Queen Rania …

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Cities: the next front line of climate-induced migration

Urban areas have attracted men and women escaping poverty, from rural communities all over the world. Currently cities are home to half of the world’s population and produce around 75% of the world’s GDP. This amount will only increase in the coming years, it is estimated that by 2050, between …

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The EU and the refugee crisis: humanitarian and institutional consequences

The EU’s insistence on short-sighted policies towards the refugees and migration crisis has led to contradicting approaches and a disastrous response to a predictable situation in its immediate neighbourhood. As the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement unfolds, its problems become more apparent. Member states seem to be handling an international …

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The Missing Puzzle: Environmentalism in An Era of Identity Politics

Volatile public discourses and common sights of organized demonstrations capture the zeitgeist of social resistance in the western world today. Buttressed by the democratizing powers of the internet and an increasingly connected network of impassioned citizens, social change instigated by collective activism are no longer few and far between. That …

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The importance of Disaster Risk Reduction

The topic of this blog is somewhat more technical. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction states that there is no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster, only natural hazards. Disaster risk reduction aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts and cyclones. …

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A more holistic approach to human displacement

Now that the dust has settled on the climate negotiations in Paris, it is time for a small recap. COP 21 has brought progressive objectives on which the international community can work on for the future. Most ambitious goal is the tougher target of a 1.5-degree temperature rise instead of …

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Climate change: the effect on women

Today is Gender day at COP21 in Paris. In my previous blog post I have stated that climate change affects the world’s poorest disproportionately. When taking an actual look at the world’s poorest, 70% of them are women. Climate change affects women more than men. How come? The world’s poorest …

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Climate-induced migration – three reasons why it matters

Yesterday COP21 has started in Paris. COP21 is the 21st edition of the Convention of Parties. World leaders come together during this event and try to agree on solutions on how to tackle climate change. Many topics have already been pre-negotiated and many countries have already sent in their pledges …

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Climate Refuge – our start

Firstly – thank you for taking the time to visit this page. I have started Climate Refuge as a start-up think tank on the issue of climate change in relation to migration. In my opinion there is currently not enough being done on this topic, let alone on tackling climate …

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Climate change – a cause of displacement

In July 2015 the New Zealand Supreme Court delivered the final verdict in an interesting legal case. Ioane Teitiota (38) had been living in New Zealand since 2007 and was granted a work visa for him and his wife. In 2011 Ioane applied for an extension on that visa, however …

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