REUTERS/Bob Strong - Activists hold a demonstration in support of the South Sea island of Tuvalu as delegates arrive for a meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 9, 2009.

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No "Climate Refugees" in New Zealand

August 13, 2014, Jane McAdam

While a New Zealand Tribunal ruling in favor of a family from Tuvalu was heralded in the media as the first legal recognition of "climate refugees," Jane McAdam explains that actually the decision was based on purely humanitarian and discretionary grounds. Therefore, more work must be done to understand how migration can become a form of adaption to climate change.

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