LIRS Releases Report on Climate Disaster and Protection Pathways for Migration
August 2, 2021
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- pioneering U.S. legislation acknowledging the need for relief for persons displaced by climate disaster
- expediting the process for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations and building a credible pathway to permanent residency and citizenship for TPS holders
- using Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to provide immediate protection for nationals of a country experiencing sudden-onset disaster when the government of that country refuses or is slow to request protection for its own citizens
- leveraging immigration authorities to generously offer humanitarian refuge to individuals and exploring ways to provide broader protections through parole programs
- building bilateral and (sub-)regional agreements that ensure protections for temporary, circular, and permanent migration for persons displaced by climate disaster
- revisiting the Global Compact on Refugees to become a signatory to the compact
- adopting policies at both the federal and state levels that rapidly reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature increases, while also instituting resilience measures to assist communities already displaced by ongoing and cyclical climate disasters
“We believe that the time for action to protect climate displaced people is overdue. The U.S. is uniquely positioned to lead the way for the international community, and as one of the world’s largest carbon emitters, it also has a moral responsibility to strengthen protection pathways for people who are losing their homes and livelihoods to the climate disaster,” concluded Vignarajah.
The new report is titled “Climate Disaster and Protection Pathways for Migration” and can be downloaded here.