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August 23, 2010 How the World Can Cope with Climate Migrants

Global Economic Symposium Session Preview No. 4

 

Global warming leads to water and food shortages in some parts of the world and disastrous floodings in other parts. The situation will exacerbate in the near future. As a result, there will be a large number of so-called climate migrants. According to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, up to 200 million people will have to leave the areas where they live by 2050 because of climate change. Areas that are less affected by climate change will thus have to brace themselves for an enormous wave of migration.

Under what circumstances are international regulations needed to cope with climate-related migration? Which international organizations could deal with such migration? What risks will such migration pose for societies and especially for labor markets, and what opportunities will it provide? These are the kinds of questions that the Global Economic Symposium, which is being held by the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) in Istanbul in late September, will attempt to answer.

The experts who are discussing possible solutions already in advance on the web forum of the Global Economic Symposium point out that the focus in the session “Preparing for Environmental Migration” will be especially on the developing countries. They will need help in coping with climate change, since it is in these countries that people will suffer the most.

The Kiel Institute and the German National Library of Economics would like to invite you to attend the symposium.


About the Global Economic Symposium

Istanbul will be turned in a think tank on September 28-29. More than 400 high-ranking experts from business, academia, government, and society will meet in Istanbul for the Global Economic Symposium (GES). The GES, which is being held by the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW) and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW), is being held for the third time, and for the first time outside of Germany. Among the expected participants are Shumeet Banerji (CEO, Booz & Company), Hans-Paul Bürkner (President und CEO of the Boston Consulting Group), Karel De Gucht (EU Commissioner for Trade), Ömer Dinçer (Turkish Minister of Labor and Social Security), Yves Leterme (Prime Minister, Belgium), George Papaconstantinou (Greek Minister of Finance), Mehmet Şimşek (Turkish Minister of Finance), James P. Leape (WWF Director General), and the Nobel Laureates in Economics James J. Heckman (University of Chicago), Eric S. Maskin (School of Social Science, Princeton), and Edmund Phelps (Columbia University).

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