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This paper was originally presented at the Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability International Conference 9-11 October 2008 Bonn, Germany
Alex Bhathal is a Social Worker from Melbourne who has had a longstanding involvement in migration and refugee rights advocacy and local environmentalism. Alex has served as the Welfare Spokesperson for the Australian Greens Victoria and is currently a member of Friends of the Earth Australia’s Climate Justice Collective. Alex is a PhD student with Curtin University’s Centre for Human Rights Education. Her PhD research is on climate displacement in the Asia-Pacific region and the campaign for recognition of climate refugees, in particular within Australia.
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