Most Central American migrants cite economic conditions as a reason for their decision to leave their countries. For some it is the only reason: they migrate because they can no longer survive where they are. For some, their loss of livelihoods is due to environmental pressures such as drought, hurricanes or the long-term effects of climate change. For others, their decisions to migrate are the result of both economic desperation and personal insecurity due to criminal violence. For almost all of them, poverty and loss of hope that conditions will improve are factors in their decisions to move.
Research Paper — Pablo Escribano North and Central American Task Force on Migration (Available in English only)
Allan Rock discusses the changing nature of contemporary migration and refugee flows resulting from the lethal combination of climate change and violent conflict.
World Refugee & Migration Council members followed the discussions at the 2021 Glasgow United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) closely. In particular, they were looking to see how conversations and commitments could lead to future efforts toward climate change adaption and a recognition that migration can be part of those efforts. Here’s what they said. […]
World Refugee & Migration Council Vice-President of Research Elizabeth Ferris wrote about the relationship between climate change and human mobility in the Wilson Quarterly. Read the full article here. “In today’s world where anti-immigrant sentiment is alive and well, where multilateral institutions are weak, where (at least in the U.S.), some reject the evidence that […]