Guidance for mainstreaming environmental and climate considerations into reintegration programming

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There is an increasing awareness of the role environmental factors play – in conjunction with others – in driving migration, and of the ways in which climate change impacts exacerbate these factors. It is also understood that people who return, for whatever reason, to environmentally degraded or hazard-exposed areas are likely to find it very difficult to re-establish secure livelihoods that are often largely dependent on natural resources. These challenges impact the sustainability of reintegration for returnees. In view of this, IOM has started to reflect on how to connect its reintegration programmes with climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and environmental sustainability efforts.

This Guidance was developed as part of the IOM project on "Mainstreaming environmental dimensions into reintegration support to reduce the effects of climate change on migration in West Africa" funded by the Government of France and the ORION Project (Operationalising an Integrated Approach to Reintegration) funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

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