Saturday, December 27, 2014

Migration Merits Place in Mainstream of Climate Debate

A family fleeing the 2011 drought and famine in Somalia collects firewood outside Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. (Credit: Andy Hall/Oxfam via Wikimedia Commons) Click to Enlarge.
Among all the statistics about temperature increase, polar melting, and sea level rise associated with a warming world, the impact on hundreds of millions of people forced to leave their homes due to climate change is often not fully considered.

But the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental body set up in the early 1950s to help resettle an estimated 11 million people made homeless in the aftermath of World War Two, is making new efforts to put questions of migration at the center of the climate change debate.

Forecasts for the number of people who will be forced to move due to climate change vary considerably.  At the top end of the scale, there are estimates that up to one billion environmental migrants could be created by mid-century.

The IOM is trying to bring together the various data and research on migration and climate change to better understand the issue, and has recently launched a website dedicated to the topic.

Read more at Migration Merits Place in Mainstream of Climate Debate

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