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Climate and migration, the UNHCR appeal


"The climate change crisis is a humanitarian emergency"

Its impact is devastating across the planet but those paying the greatest price are mainly vulnerable people, including refugees and displaced persons, living in conflict zones and fragile countries." This is stated by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which calls on states to act urgently and collectively to combat climate change and mitigate its impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. UNHCR also urges states to step up protection and assistance to people displaced by natural disasters and the effects of climate change and launches the 'Climate Crisis is a Humanitarian Emergency' campaign.
"On the one hand," says the UN agency, "due to extreme weather phenomena such as floods, storms and droughts, we have recorded an average of 21.5 million new displaced persons per year over the past 10 years, including 23.7 million in 2021 only. On the other hand, climate change is a multiplier of other risk factors, primarily food insecurity."

Note from the UN Refugee Agency

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Published: Wednesday 07 June 2023 - Last modify: Tuesday 20 June 2023

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