Perspectives on Environmental Migration — 10 Key Takeaways from the Global Compact for Migration 

Geneva – Following the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016, United Nations Member States, for the first time in their history, committed to develop, negotiate and adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

Natural Disasters and Climate Change Intensify Urban Migration in Mongolia

Mongolia – Nyamdulam and her family had been herders in Zavkhan Province, in remote north-west Mongolia for Nyamdulam’s whole life.

Beyond the End of the Road

After months of anguish caused by an El Niño drought, large parts of  the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea then experienced torrential rain, exacerbating existing levels of vulnerability.

IOM Urges Leaders to Boost Action on Climate Migration after Paris Agreement Signing

As the Director General of the only agency with a global footprint that works on migration, I chaired a High Level Panel on Human Mobility in a Changing Climate during last year’s COP 21 in Paris. 

From Papua New Guinea, a Climate Migrant’s Story

Already in her 70s, Rufina Moi was forced to leave the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, two years ago. A number of factors influenced her decision to leave behind her home, with the main one being land degradation: the declining area of land available to cultivate due to high population growth and sea-level rise.

Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change

Increasingly, as attention is being devoted to the human mobility and climate nexus, we hear more and more calls from various actors to design and implement policies for climate adaptation that include a migration component.

When Art and Migration Policy Meet

The link between policy and art can offer innovative and effective ways to better understand and address environmental migration.

Climate Change, and the Links to Human Mobility Must be on the agenda for the Dominican Republic

By Susanne Melde

“More important than the discussions on the regularization plan of immigrants is the impact of climate change in the Dominican Republic,” said the then IOM Chief of Mission Cy Winter at the opening ceremony of a training of policymakers on 13 July 2015 in Santo Domingo.

World Environment Day 2015: “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."

By Dina Ionesco

World Environment Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the complex linkages that relate human beings to their environment.  One in seven people on this planet is a migrant and the fact that they are on the move impacts the lives of billions more people.

Vanuatu: One Month After Cyclone Pam

One month ago Cyclone Pam tore across the tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu, ripping up houses and trees, and destroying food stocks and crops. IOM was among the first responders, deploying a surge team made up of staff from Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, the Philippines and the Regional Office in Bangkok.

Pacific Poet sounds Climate Alarm

By Joe Lowry

The Marshall Islands has already suffered a massive drought, necessitating a national emergency to be called, and for the US government, through IOM, to mount a large-scale relief operation across the islands, separated by hundreds of miles of deserted sea.

Mobility, Climate Change and Development in Pacific Small Island Developing States

By Prof. Graeme Hugo* and Prof. Richard Bedford**

The Pacific has the highest per capita level of international mobility among its resident populations and of all world regions. It is forecasted to experience the most rapid population growth in the high mobility groups aged 15-34 years over the next two decades. Unfortunately, local economies have limited capacity to absorb such a growth. It is central to the global discussion on climate change, and several countries are tagged as being the most vulnerable places in the world.