The Legal Challenges of Offering Protection to Climate Refugees in Africa

  • Michael Addaney


The impacts of climate change are already causing displacement, as drought and rising sea levels make millions of people’s homes uninhabitable. Despite the increasing populations of climate-induced refugees within and across borders in Africa, there is no international legal protection for them. This chapter discusses the African refugee protection regime to identify the legal gaps in affording protection to climate refugees and how these gaps can be remedied. It argues for the expansive interpretation of ‘events seriously disturbing public order’ as provided in article 1(2) of the 1969 Convention governing specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa to cover climatic events such as flooding, famine, and droughts in order to plug in the legal gaps in the existing regime.


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  • Michael Addaney
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  1. 1.Research Institute of Environmental LawWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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