EU told to prepare itself for millions of climate change refugees

Refugee children waiting with their family for a food distribution

Refugee children waiting with their family for a food distribution. Photo by Nicolas Rost.

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.

"This could be in the form of mass migration, destabilisation of parts of the world vital to European security, radicalisation of politics and populations, north-south conflict because of the perceived injustice of the causes and effects of global warming, famines caused by arable land loss, wars over water, energy, and other natural resources."

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.

"The multilateral system is at risk if the international community fails to address the threats. Climate change impacts will fuel the politics of resentment between those most responsible for climate change and those most affected by it ... and drive political tension nationally and internationally."

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.

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Simon Leufstedt
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