Temporary Measures: Canadian Refugee Policy and Environmental Migration


  • Eric Omeziri Independent
  • Christopher Gore Ryerson University




Canada, Haitian earthquake, environmental migrants, environmental refugees, immigration policy, special measures


In 2010, 42 million people worldwide were displaced from their homes as the result of environmental factors. These “environmental migrants” lack international recognition and have no recourse to the protections of the international refugee regime. Given Canada’s history of international refugee resettlement, this paper examines Canada’s past and potential response to environmental migrants. Evidence reveals that the Canadian government relies on ad hoc, temporary measures, and that clear, long-term policy measures for issues surrounding forced migration due to environmental events are unlikely. The implications of this outcome are discussed, providing observations and lessons for researchers and advocates of migration rights.


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Omeziri, E., & Gore, C. (2014). Temporary Measures: Canadian Refugee Policy and Environmental Migration. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 29(2), 43–53. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.38166

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