Integrating climate change and environment induced migration into legal framework and programs

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosted a roundtable discussion on the effects of environmental hazards and climate change on migration. This activity was designed to address the environmental factors that shape different types of migration as part of joint efforts in fostering migration for the benefit of all.  

The event brought together representatives of authorities from central and municipal level, agencies and civil society organizations specialized in the environment, representatives of UN agencies and diplomatic chorus, and local experts. 

The main topic of discussion was a recent assessment on environmental hazards and climate change impacts on migration, with a specific focus on the level of integration of climate change and environment induced degradation migration into the existing legal framework, institutional programs and policies.

“We cannot stop disasters happen, but we can work together to strengthen the preparedness of institutions and the resilience of people to deal with consequences of the environmental hazards and climate change,” the Chief of IOM Mission, Ms. Anna Rostocka said.

On this occasion, participants exchanged views on the findings and recommendations of the assessment and potential interventions in the institutional structure and existing mechanism for facilitating orderly, safe and regular climate-induced migration. Legislation review, integration of human mobility into planning processes, improved management of migration-related data, and awareness raising for migration, environment and climate change were identified as areas of focus requiring greater attention.  

The International Organization for Migration is the United Nations agency on migration and the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, working closely with its key stakeholders to promote humane, safe, and orderly migration.