Build resilient communities so people don't have to flee a climate disaster, and help those who do flee by rebuilding our migrant, asylum, and refugee systems with climate change in mind.
Climate disasters are forcing record numbers of people to leave their homes in search of safety or a better life, and climate migration is likely to expand as the crisis worsens. Sudden disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires force millions of people each year to flee. Slow disasters such as a prolonged drought can push millions more to move. It is estimated that between 216 million to over 1 billion people will be forced from their homes by 2050, either moving within their country as internally displaced or across borders as migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers. Climate migration often falls on those with the fewest resources to cope with disaster and loss of life and livelihood. It can fuel “close-the-borders” reactions and pull resources and attention away from efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Global preparation and the establishment of safe migration corridors can reduce suffering and ensure that communities remain resilient.