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Climate Change: Immigration

Question for Home Office

UIN 25827, tabled on 29 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of climate change on migration to the UK.

Answered on

6 July 2022

The UK recognises the need to better understand the complex links between migration, climate change and environmental degradation to inform our policy and action. All Government departments include climate change impact as part of their policy development and analysis where relevant.

Initial analysis is climate change does not cause the direct migration of large groups of people to the UK but instead works in combination with other drivers, influencing individuals’ decisions to migrate and with its main impact being felt through increased pressure on existing trends.

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