Sinking Islands and Mass Migration
Ambassador Stuart Beck of Palau says that displacement to a neighboring or third country “might be the only option if climate change continues at the current or increased rate without significant and urgent mitigation by the international community.”
Mass migrations can and will occur after a natural disaster. The current Haiti problem is an example where over 200,000 people have been trying to find shelter in the neighboring Dominican Republic. During the American “Dust Bowl” of the 1930’s many fled when their farms dried up.
The International Organization for Migration has predicted that in the worst case scenario, as many as 50 million to 350 million people may have to migrate from their island nations.