Migration as adaptation – and the impacts on communities

People fleeing climate stressors classed as ‘economic’ migrants

As sea levels rise, inhabitants of low-lying Pacific islands are already moving away from their homes to avoid inevitable future inundation. However, people fleeing drought, flooding and other natural disasters are not granted the protection of refugee status, and are instead classed as economic migrants. A recent United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security report highlights these difficulties and suggests that such migration should be covered by the Geneva Convention.

Disappearing islands – adapt or migrate?

The tiny Marshall Islands in the South Pacific are already feeling the impacts of sea level rise. A moving article from the New York Times explores the effects on the Islanders and highlights the efforts of their foreign minister in raising awareness of their plight.