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Changing Climate, Changing Migration: A Note of Caution about Exaggerating the Climate-Migration Link

Posted by Migration Policy Institute on February 7th, 2022

Concerns that large amounts of people will be displaced by climate change and head to wealthy countries in North America and Europe are often misplaced, according to migration scholar Hein de Haas. These types of narratives can tap into anti-immigrant sentiments, allow governments to avoid responsibility for their own failures, and may overlook the large numbers of people forced to remain in place amid environmental disaster, he argues in this episode. 

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