According to the UNHCR, more than 20 million people leave their homes every year because of extreme weather events and are relocated to other areas of their country.
This phenomenon, called 'climate-induced migration', which can cumulate in situations where people are displaced across borders, illustrates a complex nexus between migration and climate change.
Climate-induced migration is a 'multicausal' and 'multidimensional' phenomenon. It occurs most often in the Global South, but this doesn't mean that the Global North is spared.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates that almost 700,000 people have been displaced in continental Europe by wildfires, storms, and floods in the last ten years (2008-2019).
Extreme weather events, exacerbated in intensity and frequency by climate change, are becoming the trigger factors pushing people to migrate. More needs to be done to address this complex and challenging issue which gives climate change a human face.
The objectives of this webinar are three-fold:
- Explaining the nexus between climate change and migration
- Assessing the phenomenon in Europe and the world
- Analysing the current responses of the EU and international organizations to climate-induced migration