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Protecting the victims of forced migration

PACE today called on member states to devise protection policies and norms for persons displaced as a result of natural, chemical or nuclear disasters and for the victims of the consequences of climate change.

The resolution adopted by the Assembly, on the basis of the report by Philippe Bies (France, SOC), points out that the flow of environmental migrants could reach 150 million by 2050 and notes that there is no agreed definition of victims of forced migration and no international instrument designed to protect them.

The parliamentarians therefore emphasised the need to “acknowledge the vulnerability of these groups” and recommended a review of the relevant international rules with a view to including a definition of these migrants and a revision of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees by means, for example, of an additional protocol.