Who Are "Climate Refugees"? Academic Engagement in the Post-Truth Era
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AbstractClimate change impacts human mobility in multiple ways. Analytical studies in the last twenty years have shown that, because the causal relation between climate change and migration is indirect and complex, it is rarely, if ever, possible to attribute a particular migrant to climate change in any meaningful way. Nevertheless, by and large, the law and policy literature has ignored these findings. Many in the field continue to talk about “climate refugees” as if they were a definite population, and of “climate migration” as if it was a distinct phenomenon. This chapter seeks to understand this persistent disconnect between the findings of analytical studies and the analytical premises of much of the law-and-policy literature regarding the climate-migration nexus. Besides issues of academic compartmentalization, the chapter denounces a tendency to frame academic discourses at the service of political advocacy. As a defense of a certain restrain in academic engagement, this chapter suggests that even the most pressing political causes should not divert us from our function as scholars to do our best endeavor in just telling the truth.
Acceptance Date01/03/2017
All Author(s) ListBenoit Mayer
All Editor(s) ListSimon Behrman, Avidan Kent
Book titleClimate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?
Series TitleRoutledge Studies in Environmental Migration, Displacement and Resettlement
Pages89 - 100
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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