Climate-related migration and the need for new normative and institutional frameworks

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The ClimMig research project enquires into legal, normative and institutional frameworks of relevance to climate-related migration and displacement. Existing frameworks are deemed to be inadequate since they do not offer any adequate status to persons affected – be it that they are forced to leave or that they want to make migration work as an adaptation strategy.

ClimMig investigates the adequacy of existing frameworks at different levels. In this context special emphasis is put on the analysis of their conformity with human rights standards and principles. The research is based on migratory/ displacement scenarios and patterns.

In order to highlight implications of (non)existing frameworks, case studies were conducted. These studies focus on the relations of the European Union (EU) with other countries, in particular countries of the Global South.

ClimMig seeks to identify gaps in legal, normative and institutional frameworks at a global, regional (EU-ropean) and national level, and to establish recommendations addressed to EU policy makers how to overcome the gaps identified.

An International Conference took place on 20 and 21 September 2012 in order to discuss the relationship between human rights, environmental change and migration with experts as well as to present the project.

Project details

Project duration: May 2011 to June 2013


Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), Vienna (Lead
Institute for Sustainable Development and
International Relations (IDDRI), Paris (Partner)


Margit Ammer, Michael Frahm, Monika Mayrhofer (BIM)

François Gemenne, Pauline Brucker (IDDRI)

Funded by:

Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (“ARCP” Programme)


Michael Frahm (BIM), michael.frahm(at)