What we do

Climate change could re-shape patterns of migration and displacement. Many will be forced from their homes by disasters. Others may want to move as a way of adapting unprecedented change. We exist to protect the rights of anyone facing these circumstances. We fights for humane and empowering policies to protect people who move, and for public acceptance and support.

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Gimme Shelter

The world’s first film festival dedicated to climate-linked migration

Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 March 2017
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

14 – 19 March 2017, Newcastle UK


Displaced by climate-related disasters in the last 7 years


Displaced by climate-related disasters last year

Disaster displacement by region

  • E. Asia / Pacific 30%
  • S. America / Carribean 27%
  • S. Asia 21%
  • Southern Africa 11%
  • N. America 7%


Displaced people from the world's poorest countries

Syria and climate change

What role did climate change play in the Syrian crisis? Our collection of resources explores these complex connections.

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Moving Stories

A collection of stories and resources exploring the real experiences of people who move due to the impacts of climate change. Explore our podcasts and videos and find out about our workshops.

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Videos and podcasts

Our videos and podcasts are an easy way to get to grips with some this issues around climate change and migration. They cover everything from policy, science and the experiences of people facing displacement.

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News and blogs

Unpacking climate, migration and armed conflict

Climate change related displacement and migration are often viewed as security concerns, particularly among policy makers and the media. Headlines in recent years, for example, have focused on drought and environmental refugees in Syria, attributing some of the...

Climate migration, or trapped populations?

Raphael J. Nawrotzki Media reports claim that climate change will cause massive international migration over the 21st century. This possibility sparks fears of waves of  'climate refugees', fleeing poor developing countries and flooding into industrialized nations to...

Fixing climate-linked displacement: are the climate talks enough?

In this talk we make the case that the climate change talks have lead to progress on climate-linked migration. But that to protect the rights of people who move, progress must also be made in several other places. The key points in the talk are: The climate...

Forced migration and the climate change negotiations

Phillip Warren The notion that climate change will cause extensive and largely unprecedented human migration likely comes as no surprise to readers of this blog. Rising seas, changing weather patterns, and increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather events...

Video lecture: the crisis in Syria and role of climate change

We were delighted to be part of IIED’s event Conflict, Climate and Migration in Syria – did the media get it right? This talk makes the case that there are powerful connections between climate change and the conflict in Syria. However, the story given by the...

Images on this page

Zaatri refugee camp. EC / ECHO / Dina Baslan. From Flickr. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kenya, beans. Neil Palmer  / CIAT. From Flickr.

Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Tom Perry / World Bank. From Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Iraqi children look out at the sunset over the Bamarne informal camp for Internally Displaced Persons, in northern Iraq. Andrew McConnell/Panos for DFID. From Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Island and boat. Global Environment Facility / Pacific-IWRM. From Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Ganges Delta. From NASA 

Bangladesh. Adnan Islam. From Wikimedia Commons.  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Teafuafou island on the approach into Funfauti atoll, Tuvalu. From Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Families returning to their communities following the flooding in Pakistan.DFID / Russell Watkins. From Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)