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On climate migration and international trade

Climate migration is plagued by vagueness, both in terms of the numbers of potential migrants, as well as their legal rights. This article provides a legal analysis of climate migration and examines its potential impact on international trade. The paper argues that although climate migration has become one of the most widely discussed areas of climate change adaptation, there is, as yet, no solid understanding or agreement of its potential scope. The article first explores the legal options for climate migrants and then provides an analysis of the potential link between climate migration and international trade. It concludes that even though recent trends show cause for optimism with regard to the World Trade Organization’s adjudicatory bodies’ approaches, true security would lie in the agreements themselves embodying specific exceptions aimed at accounting for the implications of climate change-induced migration, rather than existing frameworks being extended to address these issues.