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Isles Of Blight

India's next refugees: the climate-affected

Isles Of Blight
Isles Of Blight
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Driven Homeless
  • Rising sea levels are forcing people in low-lying areas to flee their homes
  • This new category of refugees is being called climate migrants
  • They are yet to gain any international legal recognition
  • However, resettlement of residents of islands such as the Maldives to safer locations is being discussed

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India is home to several thousand refugees. People from Tibet, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan, to name a few, have found shelter here, fleeing from political turmoil in their own countries. But are we also willing to give a second home to people who have been forced to flee their land because of climate change? Recently, the newly elected Maldivian president, Mohamed Nasheed, announced an emergency fund to be used to buy land in case his people need to be relocated because of rising sea levels. India has been identified as one of the prospective destinations.

The Maldives is one of the flattest countries...
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