A Climate of Cooperation or Competition? UNHCR, IOM and Disaster Displacement

Lakeman, Silvana and Oakes, Robert, (2022). A Climate of Cooperation or Competition? UNHCR, IOM and Disaster Displacement. Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS), 2(10), 109-130

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Lakeman, Silvana
    Oakes, Robert
    Title A Climate of Cooperation or Competition? UNHCR, IOM and Disaster Displacement
    Appearing in Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS)
    Volume 2
    Issue No. 10
    Publication Date 2022-09
    Place of Publication Berlin
    Publisher UN Studies Association
    Start page 109
    End page 130
    Language eng
    Abstract The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have expanded their original mandates to address the impact of disasters and environmental change on human mobility. Until now, a lack of in depth empirical research at the individual level has been undertaken in this area. This paper documents the use of Q method to interview 15 current and former agency staff and experts on UNHCR and IOM and identify their shared perspectives on agency involvement and cooperation. We identify both friction and commonalities between UNHCR and IOM and find that the emergence of climate change as a policy issue in the last 15 years has provided an opportunity for divergence from historical mandates and the creation of new norms, interests and interaction. Understanding individual perspectives boosts the potential for UNHCR and IOM to fill governance gaps in environmental and disaster displacement and strengthen international response to climate displacement more broadly.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CLIMATE CHANGE
    HUMAN RIGHTS
    Keyword Migration
    Displacement
    Human mobility
    Climate migration
    International organizations
    IOM
    UNHCR
    Copyright Holder Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS)
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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