Climate change swelling Central American migration to US
Deepening climate change is swelling Central American migration to the United States, the region’s environment ministers and experts warned on Tuesday (Oct 23) as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Trump.
Climate change had caused prolonged periods of drought and rain in the region, damaging or destroying the crops of poorer subsistence farmers who are often forced to leave with their families to search for new opportunities. Central America has had recurrent losses in agriculture, with populations increasingly faced with fewer opportunities for work and development.
Five Central American countries – Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic – are among the world’s 15 most vulnerable states in the face of extreme climate change events.
The impacts of climate change are part of the triggers of migration creating climate migrants.