28 September 2020
  • migration
  • Data
  • climate change

IOM environmental migration portal

Migration in relation to climate change and environmental degradation has been gaining increasing prominence in the public and policy debates. The past few years have witnessed the emergence of a plethora of academic literature, policy discussions and forums as well as operational responses to a phenomenon that cuts across many different thematic and policy areas. However, new research, policy developments and information remain scattered.

In this context, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) established the Environmental Migration Portal: Knowledge Platform on People on the Move in a Changing Climate in 2015. As an evolving online information and knowledge sharing platform, the Environmental Migration Portal  is a one-stop service website to promote new research, information exchange and dialogue, intended to fill the existing data, research and knowledge gaps on the migration, environment and climate change (MECC) nexus.

The Portal aims to:

  • centralize relevant and up-to-date research, data, and information on migration, environment and climate change;
  • provide information on recent activities of IOM, including with its partners, in addressing the migration, environment and climate change (MECC) nexus;
  • communicate on the links between migration, environment and climate change and advocate for solutions for environmental migrants.

The target audiences for the Portal are:

  • IOM Member States representatives
  • United Nations practitioners, including IOM staff
  • Media and communication outlets
  • Academia and researchers 
  • Private sector partners 
  • General public sensitive to issues of migration governance, climate change action, environmental protection, disaster risk reduction, and human rights 

Access the portal here.

This summary was first published by IOM. 

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