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A Free Movement Passport for the Territorially Dispossessed
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
University of Warwick.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a significant risk that some Small Island States will become uninhabitable due to sea level rises, driven by anthropogenic climate change. Should this happen, citizens of such states will be forced to migrate but, under the current system of international law, these migrants could become stateless. In this article we propose that migrants from threatened island states (the territorially dispossessed) should be provided with a “Passport for the Territorially Dispossessed” (PTD). A PTD also gives its holder a right to free movement and a right to choose their new nationality. The PTD proposal has an advantage over competing suggestions that states should admit a set proportion of these migrants. Quota schemes will generally fail to appropriately compensate the territorially dispossessed. The principle of free choice, by contrast, allows them to retain a measure of control over their destiny and to migrate with dignity.

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climate migration, climate change, Small Island States, statelessness
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116928OAI: diva2:801626
Climate Justice and Non Ideal Theory, workshop at the University of Oxford, St Peters’ College
Swedish Research Council, 2009-1748
Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-04-20

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