Migration: Climate Change

Department for International Development written question – answered on 17th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any link between climate change and migration.

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The UK government has been at the forefront of assessing the link between climate change and migration. In 2011, UK Government Office for Science published the Foresight report on Migration and Global Environmental Change, which used cutting-edge science to assess how environmental changes such as flooding, drought and rising sea levels may influence global human migration. The government continues to assess emerging science and evidence in this area.

The UK is a leader in ambitious climate action and delivering success at COP26 is the government’s top international priority. We were the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and we are committed to helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change that are already happening, particularly in the most vulnerable countries. This includes supporting sustainable livelihoods and reducing the risk and impact of disaster, which will help ensure that people are not forced to leave their homes and communities while delivering on the Global Goals.

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