Climate-related migration is not a fictitious future scenario, but already a reality. Over the past decade, more than 20 million people a year have been displaced by climate- and weather-related disasters, mostly within their home states. Even if the 1.5-degree threshold is met, scientific evidence suggests that the situation will worsen massively in the future. Climate-induced migration will therefore increase in the future and, according to current findings, will also increasingly take place across national borders. In many places, global warming and its consequences threaten livelihoods and areas become uninhabitable. The possibility to migrate thus also becomes a strategy to adapt and survive.
Consideration of climate-related migration in foreign and development policy, especially international climate policy, but also domestic policy is becoming increasingly urgent. However, previous political measures fall short or are not very concrete. The two-year partnership with the German Council on Foreign Relations aims to change this. In cooperation, opportunities and measures of German, but also European, foreign and development policy will be examined and the networking of important actors will be supported. Policy-relevant analyses and recommendations for action will be made available in publications and when advising political decision-makers. Events, especially for the expert community, facilitate a confidential exchange and improved networking between civil society and experts from practice and science.