Giving Compass' Take:

• World Bank discusses an alarming new report that says over 140 million people may be forced to migrate within their own countries by 2050 as a result of climate change.

• How can global aid organizations reduce the burden of migration in general, while helping to mitigate the effects of climate change?

• The patterns of migration can teach us a lot, especially when it comes to environmental factors, as we're seeing on this continent as well.


The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, a new World Bank Group report finds

But with concerted action — including global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and robust development planning at the country level — this worst-case scenario of over 140m could be dramatically reduced, by as much as 80 percent, or more than 100 million people.

The report, Groundswell — Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, is the first and most comprehensive study of its kind to focus on the nexus between slow-onset climate change impacts, internal migration patterns and, development in three developing regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

The report recommends key actions nationally and globally, including:

  • Cutting global greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate pressure on people and livelihoods, and to reduce the overall scale of climate migration
  • Transforming development planning to factor in the entire cycle of climate migration (before, during and after migration)
  • Investing in data and analysis to improve understanding of internal climate migration trends and trajectories at the country level.

Read the full article about forced migration as a result of climate change by World Bank.