What are "climate refugees"?

The term “climate refugee” is not a legally recognised term. It is, however, used in popular language to describe people who have been forcibly displaced due to environmental factors that result from climate change and natural disasters, such as earthquakes or floods.

Climate change acts as a threat multiplier and its consequences often increase pre-existing social, political, environmental, economic, or demographic challenges. This, in turn, may increase displacement and make durable solutions more difficult to achieve.