MRS N°31 - Migration and Climate Change

Oli Brown
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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This report focuses on the possible future scenarios for climate change, natural disasters and migration and development, looking to increase awareness and find answers to the challenges that lie ahead. 

The report states that even though it is defined as a growing crisis, the consequences of climate change for human population are unclear and unpredictable. In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that the greatest single impact of climate change could be on human migration -with millions of persons displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and agricultural disruption. Since then various analysts have tried to put numbers on these flows of climate migrants, the most widely repeated prediction being 200 million by 2050.

The study points out that the scientific basis for climate change is increasingly well established, and confirms that current predictions as to the “carrying capacity” in large parts of the world will be compromised by climate change.

Table of contents

  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction, Climate Change and Forced Migration
  • Predictions
  • Development Implications
  • Policy Responses
  • Conclusions
  • Endnotes
  • Selected References
  • Annex 1

Number of pages: 64 
Format: Softcover 
Volume/Number: 31 
Reference Number: 1607-338X