Why New Zealand did not accept ‘world’s first climate refugees’

  • 2014•08•18     Responding to Climate Change

    Excerpt from the article by Alex Randall:

    After the case, the media raised the possibility that there may now be millions of people who could now make residency claims. Perhaps, across the world, there are millions who can now use climate impacts to gain entry to another country.

    Yet … “Legally, this has no impact at international level,” says Cosmin Corendea, a legal expert at the United Nations University. “It is not significant for the international arena, as this is an isolated rule … and the decision of the court may not set a precedent, but an example at best.”