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Study predicts major increase in Mexican migrants to the US due to climate change

Princeton University has released a report – Climate change ‘will increase Mexico-US migration‘ –that draws a clear connection between climate change and immigration, according to BBC News.

The report suggests that a warming climate could see millions of Mexicans migrate to the US as rising temperatures cause a drop in crop yields, referencing a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which examines the linkages among variations in climate, agricultural yields, and people’s migration responses.

For every 10% of lost crop yields in Mexico, 2% of Mexicans are likely to leave their country, the study says.

Population Displacement is an upcoming ACT research topic, and will result in a major report on ways government policy can assist communities and authorities in preparing for this issue.

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