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Migration and Climate Change

January 16, 2014

A couple of links to the important understanding of Migration and Climate Change

Full Article at http://www.trust.org/item/20140116112157-c58sy/?source=dpagetopic

Climate migration complex, but planning can help – experts

By Laurie Goering

Planning for climate-related migration – from training likely migrants in new job skills to policies for integrating them into cities where most head – will help determine whether migration can be an adaptive response to climate change or is an unavoidable consequence of it, experts said on Wednesday.

But even with the best plans, some climate impacts – particularly sea-level rise – will produce a degree of “pure and simple displacement” that should be looked at differently from migration, warned Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, Bangladesh’s High Commissioner in Britain.

Bangladesh could see between 16 million and 26 million migrants by 2050 within its own borders due to pressures such as worsening floods, storm surges, riverbank erosion and sea-level rise,….

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It is already becoming clear that responses to growing climate pressures – including migration – are harder to predict than anticipated. In Burkina Faso, for instance, the University of Sussex found that worsening drought decreases international migration, apparently in part because people have fewer resources to make the trip.

Climate and migration experts warned that the people most at risk from climate-related threats in many places may not be among those migrating, simply because they lack the money to relocate.

Full Article at http://www.trust.org/item/20140116112157-c58sy/?source=dpagetopic

Additional Resource site with many inputs on migration and climate change can be found at http://www.trust.org/spotlight/migration-and-climate-change/?source=dpagerelspot

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