Migrant or refugee: should climate change migrants have refugee status?

Date: 16 October 2018

Venue: UAntwerpen - Stadscampus - R.001 - Building R, Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS and IOB

Short description: Lecture

About the lecture
  • Caroline Zickgraf (The Hugo Observatory, University of Liège)
  • Flor Didden (11.11.11)
  • Samuel Lietaer (Center for Studies on Sustainable Development, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

In this debate, we will discuss the multi-causal relationship between climate change and (forced) migration. From different perspectives, terms such as ‘climate refugees’ are seen as controversial and academics and policy-makers do not seem to agree on a single definition.

Moreover, the complex relationship between climate change and migration poses great challenges for institutions and governments worldwide. People that are displaced because of changing environmental conditions should be assisted, but experts argue that their situation is different from those who are facing persecution or war.

So should climate change migrants have refugee status? And who has the responsibility to take care of them?

Entrance fee: Free

Registration: Via website

Contact email: janus.verrelst@uantwerpen.be

Contact phone: +32 3 265 56 54

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/centres/usos/activities/debating-development/programme-2018/migration/