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Anticipate climate migration

  • Arif Budi Rahman

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:23 am

A recent World Bank study, titled “Groundswell — Preparing for Internal Climate Migration”, highlights the impact of climate change on migration which, if not anticipated, can cause a significant humanitarian emergency.

There could be a migration of more than 143 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America by 2050, the study said. These three areas represent 55 percent of the countries considered to be of developing status, which will experience “internal climate migration” (moving to other places within national borders), which in turn affects the quality of life and the country’s development path.

The impacts of climate change such as crop failures, water scarcity, storm surges and the rise in sea levels are among factors causing such migration. The largest proportion of migrants will end up in urban areas, increasing cities’ vulnerab...