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Climate Change and their Refugees

“Environmental refugees” refers to the people who are forced to migrate from or flee their home region due to sudden or long-term changes to their local environment.  These conditions can include increased droughtsdesertificationsea level rise, and disruption of seasonal weather patterns such as monsoons.The term ‘environmental refugee’ is used somewhat interchangeably with a range of similar terms, such as ‘environmental migrant’, ‘climate refugee’,  ’climate migrant’, although the distinction between these terms is contested. Despite problems of definition  and an absence of clear-cut evidence, ‘environmental migration’ has increased in currency as an issue of concern in 2011 as policy-makers, environmental and social scientists attempt to conceptualize the potential societal ramifications of climate change and general environmental degradation. Continue reading ‘Climate Change and their Refugees’