‘Climate Migrants’ Recognized in Paris Agreement | Al Jazeera America

Rights advocates say inclusion in draft deal advances migrants’ rights in ‘vulnerable climate situations’

December 11, 2015 4:30PM ET
by Lisa De Bode @lisadebode Google+

The recognition of “climate migrants” and “climate migration” in a draft text of the Paris climate change agreement was welcomed by human rights advocates Friday, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which said millions more people will be displaced by the effects of climate change if world leaders fail to curb global warming.

World leaders have gathered in Paris to discuss efforts to stave off climate change and push a legally binding agreement to hold the biggest carbon emitters accountable for their emission of greenhouse gases.

“Now that climate change and migration are an integral part of the draft agreement, we can justifiably speak of ‘climate migration’ and ‘climate migrants’,” said IOM Director William Lacy Swing in a statement.

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