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The Real Immigration Issue: Get Ready For Climate Change



Immigration has been a big challenge for many countries, and has been a source of conflict and frustration. But if we can’t handle today’s migrants, how will we handle the 2 Billion migrants we might see over the next 50 years? That’s the future of climate change, as many countries will be become too hot for humans to live. If we are not careful, this situation could be very destabilizing to the world. This will require completely different thinking about immigration, and a fundamentally different approach.

The good news: immigration can be economically great for the country receiving those immigrants, if the world plans for the future to take advantage of the opportunities.


Climate-related heat & potential population displacement:

~ New York Times Magazine - July 23, 2020 The Great Climate Migration

~ The Guardian - May 5, 2020 One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study: Human cost of climate crisis will hit harder and sooner than previously believed, research reveals

~ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) - May 26, 2020 Future of the human climate niche

Conditions in refugee camps:

~ Wikipedia - Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Economics of migration:

~ Nature - June 21, 2018 Migrants and refugees are good for economies: Analysis of 30 years of data from Western Europe refutes suggestions that asylum seekers pose a financial burden.

~ University of Pennsylvania Wharton School - June 27, 2016 The Effects of Immigration on the United States' Economy

~ Wikipedia - Economic results of migration

~ Wikipedia - Economic impact of illegal immigrants in the United States

Germany, an interesting case study:

~ The Guardian, 8/30/20

How Angela Merkel’s great migrant gamble paid off


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