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Podcast: Environmental Disasters Lead to More Migrants in Countries – Podcast

Podcast: Environmental Disasters Lead to More Migrants in Countries – Podcast

Environmental Disasters Creating More Migrants Within Countries - Podcast
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Migration & Refugees

KATHMANDU (IPS), Jan 5 2022 – You likely saw numerous media reports in the final months 2021 about migrant women, men, and children being stopped at borders trying to enter different countries. The border between Mexico and USA and the border with Poland and Belarus were two flashpoints. But there were many other.

You probably didn’t know what happened to the tens of thousands of people who moved temporarily or permanently from their home country due to conflicts or an emergency. Nearly 40 million people from 149 countries made such moves between 2020 and 2021, with 75% of them due to climate or other hazards. (The rest were displaced by conflicts). Today, Diogo Serraglio from the TALK TALK TALK about this. South American Network for Environmental Migration (or RESAMA).

In Nepal, the annual monsoon often spawns devastating and deadly floods or landslides that can destroy the lives of hundreds or even thousands of people. Many of them set up temporary homes or stay in emergency shelters until they are able to rebuild their land. Sometimes, however, the displaced simply leave to start over and find a new life. If things go well, eventually they will be absorbed into their neighbourhood and the larger community.

Diogo says this is a common scenario worldwide. People who move to a new country to start a new life are left to their own devices. However, international frameworks are being created to guide how displaced persons should be treated. The challenge is to make those promises into hot meals and housing that people actually use. Diogo explains that Covid-19 has made this much more difficult.

One thing to note before we beginDiogo: UNFCCC. This is the acronym for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which hosted COP26 last Novembre and the 25 previous meetings.

Listen now to my conversation between Diogo Serraglio and you will understand.

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people who migrate to a new place within a country find themselves on their own to construct a new life. But, work IS happening to create international frameworks to provide direction on how displaced people should be treated; the challenge is to translate those peerless promises into hot meals and housing where people actually end up.


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