Environmental Refugees - Justice and Responsibility

Julie Fogt Rasmussen, Marie Amailie Rosentoft Jein & Tamsin Sureka Parfitt Murray

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Climate change has and will have a tremendous effect on humanity. One of the consequences is people being forced to move - fleeing from the changes in climate and environment. This new group of refugees are known as environmental refugees. Scientific evidence (produced amongst others by the IPPC) suggests that environmental refugees will challenge our globalized world in growing numbers, warning our international political and legal system to take serious considerations of the future of these environmental refugees. This project used the ideas of the cosmopolitans, Simon Caney, and to some extent Ulrich Beck, to place this new group of refugees’ role within the global legal system. We argued that there currently is a legal gap within the international legal framework concerning environmental refugees and by using Caney’s principles of global justice we sought to outline who should bear the responsibility of environmental refugees. Beck’s ideas of our world risk society helped us to understand and uncover the risks from a global perspective and hereby, environmental refugees. These two theories combined, proved to show the complexity of measuring the implications of environmental refugees and how difficult it is to place a realistic responsibility.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Environmental Refugees
  • Simon Caney
  • Ulrich Beck
  • Climate Changes