Description: The environment has
always been a driver of migration, as people flee to survive natural
disasters or, faced with harsh and deteriorating environmental
conditions, move to seek opportunities elsewhere. Climate change is
expected to exacerbate sudden- and slow-onset disasters and gradual
environmental degradation. Through these impacts, climate change is
already influencing migration around the world.
IOM applies its comprehensive migration management approach to the
linkages between migration, climate change and the environment.
Sustainable development is recognized as an integral part of this
approach, implemented through disaster risk reduction and climate change
adaptation measures. Through its activities, IOM helps to reduce the
vulnerability of populations exposed to environmental risk factors,
assists populations on the move as a result of disasters and
environmental change, and builds the capacities of governments and other
actors to face the challenge of environmental migration.
This information sheet summarizes IOMís approach to managing
environmental migration and provides an overview of IOMís principal
operational, policy and research activities undertaken to respond to the
challenges posed by climate change and its impact on human mobility.
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This product was added to our catalogue on Wednesday 24 August, 2011.