The fact that people are already having to flee because of climate change, and will have to do so much more often in the future, is still far too little understood by the general public, says Christian Huggel in the programme "Echo der Zeit". Many people are not yet fully aware of the scale of the problem: "By 2050, it is estimated that one billion people will be exposed to rising sea levels."
Climate change will force hundreds of millions of people worldwide to leave their homes in the coming decades. Under international law, however, climate change is not a reason to recognise a person as a refugee. Christian Huggel heads a new interdisciplinary research project at the University of Zurich dedicated to climate migration.
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Echo der Zeit, SRF, 13.09.2023
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