Climigration is the forced and permanent relocation of communities due to climate change.
What Causes Climigration?
Weather shifts, coastal erosion, melting permafrost, rising sea levels, and other hallmarks of climate change can destroy communities. Land becomes infertile, coasts erode and encroach upon the mainland, fresh water sources stop flowing, and homes and livelihoods become inviable.
Who Has Been Affected?
Regions in Alaska and in South Pacific countries like Fiji and Papua New Guinea have been the first to face relocation for communities struggling from climate change. Alaska has at least 31 villages severely threatened by climate change, several of which have already voted in favor of relocation.