Who are Environmental Migrants?
Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Written by: Maya Ardon
"Climate change is the primary driver of such forced migration"
Environmental migrants are people who are forced to leave their homes due to sudden or progressive changes in their environment (with implications on their living conditions). Climate change is the primary driver of such forced migration. Such changes include drought, desertification, rising sea levels, forest fires, ocean acidification, and other major indicators of climate change. The UN estimates that there will be anywhere between 25 million and 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050 (Bassetti, 2019).
Bassetti, F. (2021, August 3). Environmental migrants: Up to 1 billion by 2050. Foresight. Retrieved November 2, 2021, from https://www.climateforesight.eu/migrations-inequalities/environmental-migrants-up-to-1-billion-by-2050/.