Pamela Chesterman Senior Associate at BLM speaks to Estates Gazette about climate change refugees

With sea defences in Fairbourne, Wales ceasing to exist within the next 25 years due to the rising sea levels, Senior Associate at BLM, Pamela Chesterman has spoken with Estates Gazette about Gwynedd Council plans to decommission the town even sooner, with the threat of its residents becoming the UK's first ‘climate refugees’.

Pamela concludes that: "Until the term migrant - including environmental migrant - is recognised in law, or the UK officially recognises a climate refugee as an accepted type of refugee, sadly there are no protections in place for the residents of Fairbourne." 

Pamela adds that: "This may change over the coming years, particularly with climate change rising up the agenda of most countries."

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