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Photo: DRC Migration, displacement, and the environment

Migration, displacement, and the environment

A Perspective from the Middle East

Although increasingly recognised as a major driver of displacement globally, the impact of environmental change on migration and displacement remains underexplored in the Middle East. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates that an average of at least 25.4 million people are displaced by ‘disasters triggered by natural hazards’ each year, a number that is expected to increase. While multiple analyses have linked climate change to the conflict in Syria, further study is needed to understand the complex relationships between environmental issues and migration in the region.

Photo: DRC Monthly Summary – March 2017

Monthly Summary – March 2017

Middle East

March 2017 marked six years since the beginning of the war in Syria as well as the first time that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has surpassed 5 million. In addition to those who have fled the country, conflict in March saw some 75,000 people newly internally displaced in Aleppo governorate, with thousands more displaced by fighting in Hama governorate and Dar’a al Balad.

Photo: REACH Monthly Summary – January 2017

Monthly Summary – January 2017

Middle East

Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk. At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.