Title Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: A UNHCR Perspective
Publisher UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Publication Date 23 October 2008
Topics Climate change (including environmental migrants) | Internally displaced persons (IDPs)
Other Languages / Attachments French | Spanish
Related Document Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: A UNHCR Perspective
Cite as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: A UNHCR Perspective, 23 October 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/492bb6b92.html [accessed 19 December 2014]
Comments This policy paper was updated and superceded by the paper issued by UNHCR in August 2009. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, also wrote in the September/October 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine about new global displacement patterns expected in the 21st Century. War and human rights violations have long been the main trigger forcing people to flee their homes and seek shelter within or beyond their national borders. Guterres says globalization, unresolved poverty and enduring insecurity is also now prompting many people to leave their homes in search of better lives, while climate change and environmental degradation will exacerbate such trends.