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Fleeing the flood: is the EU ready for climate migration?

How should EU policymakers tackle the growing problem of climate migration?

Speakers

Joakim Palme

Committee chair, The Swedish Migration Studies Delegation (Delmi)

Professor, Uppsala University

Martin Taschner

Head of the Migration Management Preparedness unit, European Commission, DG HOME

Agenda

Check-in and lunch

12.30PM-1PM

Agenda

Presentation

1PM-1.15PM
  • Rainer Münz, Migration expert; Professor, Central European University

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Conversation

1.15PM-1.45PM
  • Chair: Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director
  • Jane Linekar, 4Mi Global Coordinator, Mixed Migration Centre; (Online)
  • Rainer Münz, Migration expert; Professor, Central European University
  • Joakim Palme, Committee chair, The Swedish Migration Studies Delegation (Delmi); Professor, Uppsala University
  • Martin Taschner, Head of the Migration Management Preparedness unit, European Commission, DG HOME

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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Q&A

1.45PM-2PM

Ask questions on sli.do using code #Migration

Natural disasters, the majority of which caused by extreme weather conditions, may have resulted in the internal displacement of nearly 350 million people between 2008 and 2021. Following current projections, the numbers of climate migrants are expected to soar in the coming decades as the effects of climate change intensify.

Given the empirical challenges of studying climate migration, how can we accurately measure the phenomena? How should EU member states respond to the challenges posed by climate-induced migration? Finally, evidence suggests that the overwhelming majority of climate migrants today choose to return to their places of origin once the conditions permit, but can governments continue to design policies based on this trend as the effects of climate change escalate?

At this event, Rainer Munz will present results from his recent research published in the report “Climate Change, Displacement, Mobility and Migration: The State of Evidence, Future Scenarios, Policy Options”, and panellists will discuss EU policy options to tackle the growing problem of climate migration.

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Point of contact

  • Andrine Nesjeøy Brorson

    Andrine joined Bruegel in May 2022.

    Andrine holds a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and Chinese from the University of Oslo. She is a native Norwegian speaker, fluent in English, and has some knowledge of Chinese.