The conversation about how we, as an international community, should deal with internally displaced persons(IDPs). We are unsure about many issues; weather to categories them as refugee or not, where to place them or even how to go about solving this problem is controversial. However, we agree on the fact that emigrating those who are dislocated by climate change will cause conflicts between IDPs and habitants of that relocation area. problems when and that we need a guideline for future cases. To create fewer conflicts, relocation of environmentally dislocated people should be dealt with in the state rather than across states.
Relocating environmental refugees to neighboring countries is one of the most commonly suggested solutions. However, relocation is not only the matter of physical replacement. Different societies and cultures have different norms and values. Even though neighboring countries are close in distance, it does not necessarily mean that their culture will be alike also. So when people are let in to near countries, conflicts based on cultural clashes are unavoidable. Cultural clashes cannot be taken lightly. Sudden integration of two different cultures regarding religion, social organization, language, custom and traditions will bring this problem to a whole new level. Problems that we see in a region with many immigrants will also be seen in the area of relocation; unemployment, education, public service accessibility, social tension in the region to only name a few. Therefore, relocation within a state than across nations is a way to minimize the effects of this form of human migration.
UNHCR(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was created with a “very clearly defined mandate: to support states in a provision of protection and solutions to refugees”. Even though weather to consider IDPs as refugees or not is on debate, relocation of people definitely limits their political, religious practices due to their relocation. This is also a human rights’ problem because climate change endanger people natural right to live. It is nearly impossible to prevent those problems arise from relocation of people, however to minimize these cultural issues, relocation within the state seems more reasonable as a solution for IDPs. As mentioned by Labbé, climate change is foreseeable. International Organizations like UNHCR should gather environmental scientists and NGOs to offer a projection on which region is dangerous for the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and earthquake. Each government under danger states should utilize that information to create a no-habitant zone. This policy should not only prohibit people from moving into that area but also evacuate people who were already living in those areas. As the world goes around, problems that have never occured appear and adaptation of people according to these environment is an inevitable challenges that people have to face as a member of global villagers.