From the Migrants’ Rights Network:
The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, which brings together groups separate concerned wwith environment issues and migrants’ rights groups, has published a new report featuring the voices of people forced to move for reasons which involve climate change.
Moving Stories highlights these powerful, inspiring and often traumatic stories. Testimonies from ten regions across the world have been compiled from local news reports, academic journals and interviews recorded by civil society groups. The stories highlight different kinds of movement affected by slow– and rapid–onset disasters. The stories show us that movement linked to environmental change happens very differently in different parts of the world. The stories also reveal that individual decisions to move or stay vary widely even in response to the same disaster.
The report argues that there is no “typical” migrant. It demonstrate the reality of migration and environmental change. A number of stories show how people have used moving seasonally and temporarily, rather than permanently, as a way of adapting to changing environmental conditions. Several stories demonstrate that remittances from other migrants have increased the resilience of people affected by disasters. Most importantly these testimonies give a human voice to this complex and controversial issue.
The report concedes that we don’t have all the answers. But it hopes the Moving Stories project will help to ask better questions about how this issue is addressed. How can moving become an empowering way for some people to adapt to climate change? What is the role of remittances in building resilience to climate change? Will our existing legal frameworks for protecting the rights of people who move be up to the job in a generation’s time?
Click on the links above to access the report.