Climate Change and Migration

Outtake from a media briefing by IOM and PIK. Statements by Mariam Traore Chazalnoel, Associate Expert Migration, Environment and Climate Change at IOM Headquarters in Geneva and Hermann Lotze-Campen, head of research domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Migration is currently a no 1 issue in Germany as well as Europe – but what will future migration look like globally, in the age of climate risks? Where is environmental migration happening already today, and what can we learn from it? The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) teamed up with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the biggest intergovernmental institution in the field - for a media briefing in Berlin. Migration is mostly driven by a multitude of factors – be it political, social, demographic, economic, or by security concerns - and almost never by a single cause. At the same time, global environmental change, and specifically climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, is an additional and potentially severe risk factor.

For more information, please consult the PIK webpage here.