Preparing for “Climate Migrants”
By mid-century, 140 million people in three regions of the world could be displaced by climate change
Most climate-driven migration will occur within countries, according to a Scientific American article. A new World Bank report predicts that if countries don’t factor migration into their development plans and if nothing is done to stop global warming, by mid-century climate change could force more than 140 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia and Latin America to move. But predicting the extent of such internal migration is difficult because it often occurs gradually, and unlike international migration, fewer agencies keep track of it. Nevertheless, the authors hope the report will help spark action and research into the issue. The findings suggest some ways countries can help people under climate stresses, such as building industries that are less impacted by climate fluctuations or helping people get jobs in more climatically stable areas.