Honors Theses


Miranda Cady Hallett


International Studies

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Millions of people are finding their livelihoods and security threatened as the effects of climate change intensify around the world. Migration as a response to the continuing ecological crisis is often the only pathway to safety. However, the future of such migrants is uncertain given the lack of mechanisms and systems to provide legal inclusion for displaced populations. In this paper, I challenge the existing international frameworks and point out the inadequacies in protecting victims of climate migration. To address these shortcomings, I suggest a new framework consisting of three features: systematic use of technology and data to determine populations in need of protection, the development of a system of bilateral and multilateral agreements, and the logistical and financial support of supranational institutions. I discuss the importance of framing in a world of increasingly militarized borders and anti-immigrant sentiment and advocate for climate change migration to be framed as disaster relief for the sake of political viability.

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