Climate-induced displacement in Bangladesh: recognition and protection under international law

Mostafa Mahmud Naser*

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Climate change and human migration are two cross-cutting issues that demand immediate and appropriate responses from both international and national authorities. This article deals with a number of complex issues under international environmental law, human rights law and migration and refugee law, which have important ramifications for the protection of climateinduced displacement in Bangladesh. It examines these legal frameworks to assess how appropriate they are in regulating climate-induced displacement and underscores current gaps or limitations within the international legal system for effective recognition and protection of climate change migrants. The development of 'soft guidelines' suggested in this study would establish an international framework for the specific recognition, treatment and protection of climate change displaced persons and fill the legal gaps with the specificity required by states and communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-527
Number of pages41
JournalNordic Journal of International Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • climate change
  • environmental law
  • human migration
  • human rights law
  • refugee law


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