Migration

The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region is at the confluence of several global challenges: this highly populated region of over 300 million inhabitants is not only suffering disproportionately from the effects of Climate Change, but is also prone to a range of conflicts, some of which are worsened by Climate Change. As a result, it has seen large exodus, population displacements, and migrations, which are expected to worsen, while recipient countries which themselves are experiencing Climate Change and Conflict are also attempting to deal with this challenge.

The report of this task force provides a review of the linkages between Climate and Migration in the EMME region specifically, and to identify specific policy measures that can help with Climate Adaptation, which in turn can reduce the pressures that can lead to conflict and migration in the region. In doing so, it will draw synergies with the work of many of the other task forces, including Health, Energy Systems, Water Resources, Agroforestry and Food Chain, Cultural Heritage. It will also focus on how migrant and host communities can work together and be empowered to adapt to the common challenge of Climate Change in a process that will help with integration and conflict resolution.


Abstract from the Report on Migration

The almost 400 million inhabitants of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region (EMME-CARE, 2021) are not only suffering disproportionately from the effects of climate change but also from a range of conflicts, some of which are worsened by climate effects. As a result, the region has seen large internal population displacements and movements that are expected to worsen. The recipient countries of migrants, which are themselves experiencing climate change and conflict, are also attempting to deal with this challenge.


In this report, the Migration Task Force of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Change Initiative (EMME-CCI) reviews the linkages between climate and migration in the EMME region specifically and identifies specific policy measures that can help with climate adaptation, which in turn can reduce the pressures that can lead to conflict and migration in the region. In doing so, it draws synergies with the work of many of the initiative’s other task forces, including health, energy, water resources, agroforestry and food chains, and even cultural heritage. It will also focus on how migrant and host communities can work together and be empowered to adapt to the common challenge of climate change in a process that will help with integration and conflict resolution.

Task Force

Task Force Coordination and Lead Author
Dr. Nicolas Jarraud, The Cyprus Institute


Members of the Migration Task Force (in alphabetical order)
Dr. Bertrand Baldet, SeeD
Mr. Mahmoud Driaat, Ecopeace
Asst. Prof. Dr. Mazin Nazar Fadhel, Mosul University
Ms. Roula Majdalani, UN-ESCWA
Dr. Rita Der Sarkissian, École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris
Prof. Ourania Tzoraki, University of the Aegean
Dr. Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank


Other Contributors
Dr. Marco Neira, CyI/EMME-CCI Health Task Force
Dr. Nestor Fylaktos, CyI/EMME-CCI Energy Task Force
Prof. Thanasis Hadzilacos, The Cyprus Institute