Climate-Induced Human Mobility and Refugee Displacement

Susan Mwangi, MCCJ Collaborator

Discussions during UNEA6 regarding climate- and disaster-induced human mobility and refugee displacement shed light on patterns, trends, and strategies within this complex issue. Arab countries, in particular, face significant challenges due to their exposure to climate impacts, which adversely affect communities. Pollution, resource strain, and waste management emerge as key challenges, impacting both the environment and the well-being of displaced populations.

An important aspect underscored is the social impact of displacement, encompassing the psychological and emotional challenges faced by affected individuals and communities. Addressing these challenges requires an integrated approach and engagement with multiple stakeholders. This theme holds particular significance in multilateral engagements, where existing strategies and international cooperation efforts aimed at providing support are acknowledged. However, a notable gap exists in the collection and utilization of data concerning the environmental drivers of mobility. Without a comprehensive understanding of these factors, effective mitigation and adaptation strategies cannot be fully realized.

Recognizing the importance of amplifying the voices of refugees, it becomes imperative to provide platforms for sharing their experiences and challenges. Civil society plays a crucial role in this regard, serving as a voice to advocate for the needs of refugees and migrants. By sharing the realities faced by displaced populations and actively engaging in the implementation of solutions, civil society organizations contribute significantly to addressing the concerns and challenges associated with displacement. In essence, the role of civil society extends beyond advocacy; it involves actively participating in the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that prioritize the well-being and rights of refugees and migrants. By amplifying their voices and advocating for their needs, civil society organizations play a pivotal role in shaping more inclusive and effective responses to the complex issue of displacement induced by climate change and disasters.

Susan Mwangi collaborates with MCCJ and works with Comboni Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship in Nairobi, Kenya