Climate change swelling Central American migration to US: Experts

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 24, 2018, 11.22 AM(IST)

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As the caravan of mostly Honduran migrants heads towards the US border, the region's environment minister and experts have warned that the increasing climate change will swell Central America's migration to the US.

As the caravan of mostly Honduran migrants heads towards the US border, the region's environment minister and experts have warned that the increasing climate change will swell Central America's migration to the US.

"The next migrants are going to be climate migrants," El Salvador's Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lina Pohl told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Panama.

The Conference also highlighted that climate change had resulted in prolonged periods of drought and rain in the region, damaging the crops of poorer subsistence farmers. The changes further compel the people to move to a different place for better opportunities.

Pohl also said that Central America has had recurrent losses in agriculture, with populations increasingly faced with fewer opportunities for work and development.

The Ministers also added that five Central American countries Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic were among the 15 most vulnerable states to climate change.

Climate change had a major impact on migration, the ministers at the Conference said, adding that the countries which did not have food security experienced major migration.

The Honduras' deputy environment minister Elvin Rodas said that the all Central American countries were suffering. 

(With inputs from AFP)