The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign has produced a resource that looks at the connections between forced migration and climate.
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What is the connection between migration and environmental degradation?
Although we often hear of the role that political, religious, and other forms of persecution have in the displacement of persons around the world, much less attention is generally paid to environmental degradation and climate change and how that also leads to displacement. Such environmentally- linked displacement can occur due to an immediate environmental event – like a hurricane or an earthquake – or could be due to slow onset environmental change, such as a drought or rising sea levels that inundate low-lying coastal regions. With climate change likely to get worse, we can expect to see more climate-related refugees and displacement of people.