African Shifts: Addressing Climate-Forced Migration & Displacement

Malian refugee women wait with their children to receive relief items from UNHCR in Gaoudel, Ayorou district, northern Niger. (Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux)

By midcentury, climate impacts could drive up to 100 million Africans to migrate within their countries or regionally. Mobility hotspots include the borders of Niger and Nigeria, Lake Victoria (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania), and the Horn of Africa. Despite speeding urbanization, climate impacts will also force up to 4.2 million people out of coastal cities. Planning for this potential scale of population movement will help reduce vulnerability as well as inspire development opportunities to further sustainable growth across the continent.

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Security Topics:  Migration and Forced Displacement