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Cause behind African migrant flood has terrifying implications for the world
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Cause behind African migrant flood has terrifying implications for the world

Michael Werz and Max Hoffman write about the impact of climate change on African migration.

The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is symptomatic of deep dislocation in the Sahel region and sub-Saharan Africa — dislocation exacerbated by climate change.

Climate change is affecting such basic environmental conditions as rainfall patterns and temperatures and is contributing to more frequent natural disasters like floods and droughts. Over the long term, these changing conditions can undermine the rural livelihoods of farming, herding and fishing. The resulting rural dislocation is a factor in people’s decisions to migrate.

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Authors

Michael Werz

Senior Fellow

Max Hoffman

Director