Paris Accord Considers Climate Change as a Factor in Mass Migration

Saturday, December 12, 2015

William Lacy Swing, a retired American ambassador who now leads the International Organization for Migration, said that climate change was adding to a “perfect storm” of “unprecedented human mobility,” a result of the quadrupling of the world’s population over the last century and wars, conflicts and persecution that have displaced a record 60 million people. He said that migration had to be viewed “not as a problem to be solved, but a human reality that has to be managed.” "We face major migration and refugee movements, and climate change is among the root causes of the record number of persons forced to migration - Swing said - By taking action to harness the positive potential of migration as adaptation strategy to climate change we can support those who might need sooner or later to migrate with dignity."