Climate Refugee Stories

Climate Refugees: Environmental Justice Detained is a multi-media narrative and archiving project comprising a series of short animated films featuring the stories of “climate refugees”—people who have been forced to flee their homes due to the direct or indirect impacts of climate change, and whose lives are in limbo in immigration detention, refugee camps, or after deportation. Their stories reveal the intersections of climate change and migration and show how communities are responding to these crises. Accessible and global in scope, this project provides tools for allying movements for social and environmental justice.

Directed by Dr. Tina Shull, this is a joint project of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) and UC Irvine’s Community Resilience Projects. It is funded with support from UCSD’s Critical Refugee Studies Collective and UCI Illuminations.



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