Each year, climate and weather-related events drive tens of millions of people from their homes. And as climate change causes more extreme weather, growing food insecurity, and rising sea levels, more people will become climate displaced.
People who lose their homes in these disasters are not considered “refugees,” and thus are not afforded the same international protections. Refugees International is leading efforts to address this enormous gap in international law, build resiliency in frontline communities, and forge innovative protection pathways for people displaced by climate.
History of Our Climate Displacement Program
Since 2009, Refugees International’s Climate Displacement Program has advocated for climate-displaced people and offered cutting-edge expertise on the complex relationship between extreme weather, climate change, and displacement.
The Climate Displacement Program was the inspiration of Refugees International’s late president Ken Bacon, who witnessed what happened when persistent drought fueled ethnic tensions in Darfur—sparking one of the worst conflicts in recent history. With a founding gift from Ken and generous contributions from the Bacon family and a core group of supporters, the Climate Displacement Program became a reality shortly after Ken’s death.
“It’s Time for Us to be Included”: An Assessment of Refugee and Displaced People’s Participation in National Adaptation Planning
October 5, 2023
Two Years after Eta and Iota: Displaced and Forgotten in Guatemala
February 17, 2023
Climate-fueled Violence and Displacement in the Lake Chad Basin: Focus on Chad and Cameroon
January 19, 2023
Urgent Humanitarian Action Needed Following Storm Daniel and Flooding in Libya
September 13, 2023
Leaders of Refugee, Policy Organizations Call on Biden Administration to Prioritize Climate Impacted Populations for Resettlement
September 8, 2022
IPCC Report Warns of Climate Crisis’ Impact on Displacement, Humanitarian Emergency
February 28, 2022
Protections for Climate-Affected Refugees and Other Climate-Displaced Populations Dear President Biden
September 7, 2023
Letter: Leaders of Refugee, Policy Organizations Call on Biden Administration to Prioritize Climate Impacted Populations for Resettlement
September 8, 2022
Climate, Migration, and Displacement Platform Open Letter to President Biden
March 30, 2021
Find Refugees International at COP28: Virtual Convenings and Events in Dubai
November 28, 2023
Inclusive Climate Dialogue: Amplifying Afghanistan’s Voice in Global Climate Negotiations
October 30, 2023
Human Rights and Forced Migration Speaker Series: Climate Impacts as Drivers of Displacement
February 22, 2023
Featured Image: People are seen in a drought affected area in Mandera, Kenya on December 02, 2022. © Gerald Anderson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images