Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE)
Subject: Impact of climate change on the refugee crisis and migration
According to published findings, the main cause of population movement in 2017 was a surge in extreme weather events, driving 19 million citizens from their homes in over 130 countries worldwide, more than the number of those displaced by armed conflict.
In island countries, local populations are being displaced by rising sea levels, while others may be plagued by water scarcity and prolonged drought, even leading to armed conflict. Finally, the most serious risks in this respect are being faced by densely inhabited countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and a number of African countries, affecting a local population of around 1 billion.
In view of this:
Can the Commission provide any relevant data? Does it share these concerns? To what extent does it consider that the migration and refugee crisis currently facing the EU is attributable to climate change?