Pakistan urgently requires a national migration policy to pre-empt and mitigate any significant migration trends caused by changes in climate, according to climate experts.
They were speaking on Wednesday at the launch of a study conducted by LEAD Pakistan, an environmental and development NGO, said a press release
A large number of people are migrating from villages due to effects of climate change, according to the study.
Experts stressed the need for a migration policy that could be made a part of the National Climate Change Policy and the National Disaster Plan.
LEAD Pakistan CEO Ali Tauqeer Sheikh said the “study provides a springboard for new research and policy engagement.” Sheikh said Pakistan leads all South Asian countries in its rate of rural-to-urban migration. Strengthening Participatory Organisation CEO Naseer Memon claimed as much as 80 per cent internal migration in the country is driven by climate change.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2014.