As weather patterns in Asia become more extreme, internal and international migration in Asia is expected to increase significantly, according to a soon-to-be released report by the Asian Development Bank.
Targeted at regional policymakers, the report said that Asia and the Pacific is particularly vulnerable to exacerbations in weather patterns, including temperature rise, greater monsoon variability and sea-level rise. Policymakers should begin preparing themselves to deal with potential population shifts.
Asians accounted for over 89% of the 207 million people affected by natural disasters in 2010, according to Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epistemology of Disasters (CRED).
Asia faces climate-induced migration "crisis" [AFP, 7 Feb 2011]
Climate change to affect migration [Jakara Post, 7 Feb 2011]