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Climate change, environmental degradation and migration

As part of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) annual ‘International Dialogue on Migration’, the topic ‘Climate change, environmental degradation and migration’ was selected as the focus of a workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2011. The workshop identified some of the main areas, outlined in this report, in which governments and institutions need to reinforce their capacities to manage the complex interactions between climate change, environmental degradation and human mobility. According to the report, particular emphasis is required in the following capacity-building areas: knowledge base and research on environmental migration; capacities to devise legal and institutional frameworks to ensure the protection of environmental migrants; capacities for comprehensive migration management policies to tackle the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on human mobility; technical and operational capacities to support vulnerable populations.