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IOM Media Briefing [ The Migration Newsdesk ] | 05 June 2017
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“i am a migrant” is part of the UN TOGETHER initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for those who have left home in search of a better life. More here

Selena: "When I was a little girl, this island was much bigger. But we have to adapt to climate change because we have no choice."
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The Returnees of Manam Island: "Even though we face even worse hardships here than before the eruption, we respect this land as well as the land of the other communities."
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Misconceptions about Environment Migration | Watch here: EN | FR | ES



Climate Change Effects in Cambodia | Watch: EN | FR | ES



Migración, medio ambiente y cambio climático en América del Sur | Watch here


“Wineh”, Years of Drought - Años de sequía | Watch here

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"World Environment Day is a reminder of the interconnectedness between humans, mobility and environment. If we care for nature, we care for people and we care for migrants and their communities." –  IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson. Read more

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Under a Changing Sky
Bangladesh is extremely at risk of the negative effects of climate change. Millions of people have already been displaced due to climatic effects and numbers keep raising.

Different parts of the country are affected differently: the north is more prone to river bank erosion, erratic rainfall and drought, while the south is affected by cyclones, storm surges and salinity intrusion - movement of saline water into freshwater aquifers, which can lead to contamination of drinking water sources and other consequences. Flooding affects almost the whole country, which increases river bank erosion.

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Across Land and Ocean

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2017, Laura Thompson, the Deputy Director General of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) joins Monique Barbut, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Françoise Gaill, renowned oceanographer and Coordinator of the scientific board of the Ocean & Climate Platform (OCP) in a three branched reflection on how people and nature connect through the lenses of the land, oceans and migration. 

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Care and Act as Soon as You Can
Engaging with children on environmental migration

By Dina Ionesco, Head of IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division

Our work at the UN Migration Agency (IOM) targets migrants and their communities, through an engagement with public representatives from the national, international, regional or local level. We often work in partnership with researchers, academics, media or non-governmental organizations. In our daily work on migration, environment and climate change our usual interlocutors are adults. We do have a tendency to be carried away in specialized language, drifting away from simple words.

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Environment and Climate Change in the GCM

The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) represents a strategic and significant opportunity for the international community to progress in terms of overall international migration governance and management through inter-governmental dialogue, identification of existing migration policy good practices and state commitments on migration. The GCM offers an opportunity to anchor the environmental and climatic dimensions in the international migration governance agenda. It offers a space to fully acknowledge the importance of climatic and environmental drivers, the multi-causality of migration and the impacts of migration on the environment.

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