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16 Mar 2016

Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series Issue 3 | Vol. 2 | March 2016

Environmental migration is a reality for Morocco. Environmental and climatic factors not only account for migration to Morocco from sub-Saharan Africa, but also for movements out of and within the country, especially to the major coastal cities. With the severe impacts of climate change expected to rise in intensity in the coming decades, sudden-onset events, such as floods and storms, as well as slow-onset processes, such as droughts and desertification, will further intensify these movements. This policy brief calls for more research to better understand the linkages between climate change and migration in Morocco and suggests integrating environmental migration as a cross-cutting policy issue within the Moroccan domestic policy. The hosting of the COP22 in Marrakesh this November offers political momentum to place spotlight on the topic within the Moroccan political agenda.

  • Introduction
  • Migration and climate change in Morocco
  • Existing migration, climate change and adaptation policies
  • Looking ahead at COP22: Linking migration and climate policy