Addressing Migration in the Age of Climate Change
The age of climate change has brought heightened levels of violence as competition over essential resources continues to grow to exponential heights. As a result, individuals have become internally and externally displaced from their homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that individuals living in “hotspots” during the climate change crisis are experiencing high levels of hostility as the fight for survival continues. Rising levels of political instability, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing within countries have been noted to occur more frequently as waves of individuals are forced to find new homes. Other factors that are linked to heightened levels of conflict include food insecurity and access to clean drinking water. Studies found that when competition increases over resources directly linked to household income, communities become more vulnerable to illicit criminal paths in an attempt to recoup lost income. The world is beginning to see the effects of climate change and policymakers need to be evolving with the ongoing problem to provide solutions for those suffering.
Linking Climate Change and Migration
The effects of climate change vary in developed and developing countries, which explains the difference in responses. Developed, wealthy countries feel the effects of climate change through an influx of migration from displaced individuals seeking refuge. Developing countries feel these effects through an increase in natural disasters, food and water instability, and less crop-producing yields. Annually, twenty million individuals are forced to leave their homes to find new ones. This is occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border, where climate change is affecting migration to the U.S.
Climate Change Climate Issue Editors' Pick Migration Opinion Refugees Addressing Migration in the Age of Climate Change December 24, 2021 Shivani Shah 0 Comments Climate Change, Displacement, Human Rights, Migration, Public policy, Refugee By Amanda Barba The age of climate change has brought...
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