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Issue Brief No. 6 Environment Migration: Security Implication of Climate Change

Issue Brief No. 6 Environment Migration: Security Implication of Climate Change

06

APR

2011

Climate change is expected to dramatically alter the environment in certain parts of the world and lead to further migration. Thus far, environmental migration has been confined to relatively short distances within the home country or to neighboring countries.

When migration is modest and gradual, security risks are minimal, as the receiving country can easily absorb the influx of people. However, climate change will cause migration to reach new levels, becoming more definite and long-range, directed to distant countries. As a consequence, both the developing world, the global south, and the developed world, the global north, will face new security risks and socio-economic challenges, ranging from resource scarcity to conflict. This Issue Brief looks at the impact of climate change on migration and the implications of environmental migration for migrant receiving and sending societies.

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