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Migrants, Refugees and Climate Change: the Trade Union Response

7 December, 2015
09.00 - 17.00
Paris, France
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At a time when racism is growing and negative narratives are growing against refugees and migrants fleeing poverty and oil wars, this 2-hours workshop at the Climate Generation Areas of Paris COP 21 organised by PSI affiliate the Public and Commercial Services Union (UK), combined a panel discussion and a debate with the audience.

The first part of the workshop heard panellists discuss the current refugee/migrants crisis, its human rights dimension and links to climate issues and local public services. The workshop also aimed to explore the race and gender dimensions intrinsically linked to climate migrants and how those issues can be highlighted and addressed through the work of trade unions.

Genevieve Gencianos, PSI Migration Programme Coordinator, highlighted the role of quality public services in supporting rights-based mitigation and adaptation strategies in dealing with potentially massive displacement of people arising from changing climatic conditions and situations of conflict.

Follow PSI's activities on Climate change and COP21.

More information on speakers and presentations:

  • Genevieve Gencianos, PSI Migration Programme Coordinator: Migrant refugees and climate change.
  • Zita Holbourne, Public & Commercial Services union (UK), National Executive Committee & cochair/co-founder of BARAC (Black Activists Rising Against Cuts). Read her speech and watch the video.
  • Jean-Claude Amara & Mamadou Sakho, association Droits Devant! (France) - http://www.droitsdevant.org/ 

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