EU told to prepare itself for millions of climate change refugees
Two senior foreign policy officials from the European Union says in a new report that the EU should "brace itself" for a new and much larger wave of migration, caused by the effects of climate change. According to their report climate change "threatens to severely destabilise the planet" and will make a fifth of the worlds population homeless.
Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's chief foreign policy coordinator and the European commissioner for external relations, says that within a decade "there will be millions of environmental migrants, with climate change as one of the major drivers of this phenomenon," and that "Europe must expect substantially increased migratory pressure."
The report says that the devastating effects of climate change will be "felt far away from Europe," but that the problems will eventually come knocking on its door. People, especially the poor, will suffer in places like south Asia, the Middle East, central Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner also say that the new world order caused by climate change will undermine the democratic and civil UN system.
It will be interesting to see if EU will continue on the path to a fortress society or if it will open up its borders to environment refugees. If our leaders doesn't decide to do anything adequate to stop climate change I personally find that to be, unfortunately, very unlikely.
No matter how much we in the EU need "fresh blood" to keep our welfare systems going, we will probably in a near future have turned the once democratic institution of EU into an ecofascist fortress.