Climate change and migration 101

Climate & Migration Coalition – Dec 4, 2018

This session provides a grounding in how climate change will alter patterns of migration. It explores the key elements of the field and the research evidence behind them. This session is for anyone who needs to get to grips with what changes to our climate will mean for human movement. As well as looking at how these changes take place, it will also explore how we can respond – examining key political and legal implications.
Speaker: Alex Randall

The relationship between climate change and migration is complex. Climate change impacts could force people to move, but also trap people in dangerous places. Floods, droughts and rising seas could force people flee across borders, but people are most likely to move within their own country when they can. Some people will have no choice about how or when they move. But when disasters unfold more slowly some people may decide to migrate and find alternative work. Some people may decide to move as a way of adapting to climate change impacts – with or without the help of their government.

The rights of people who are forced to move by climate change are unclear. Many people should be protected by existing laws governing human rights. However these are not always adhered to. Other people fall outside the protection of existing laws, and find themselves in a legal limbo.

Images in this video / presentation”Cambodia – Working in the rice paddies” (CC BY 2.0) by DFAT photo library
“Family whose home floods every year” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by World Bank Photo Collection
“With Famine Crisis, Thousands of Somalis” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by United Nations Photo
“ETHA_2014_00121.jpg” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by UNICEF Ethiopia
“Bringing water to the crops thanks to an” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
“050911-F-5964B-068” (CC BY 2.0) by The U.S. Army
“Bangladesh” (CC BY 2.0) by Orangeadnan
“People returning home as soon as the wat” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
“Still submerged, nearly six months on fr” (CC BY 2.0) by DFID – UK Department for International Development
Mathias Eick EU/ECHO. From Flickr
“Young trainees in Bangladesh” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by ILO in Asia and the Pacific

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