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FAO publication on water stress and human migration

FAO recently presented new research on the nexus between water and migration. “Water stress and human migration” reviews more than 100 detailed studies, analysing their results in terms of demographics, surface temperatures and rainfall histories.
While some studies demonstrate a correlation between water stress and higher outmigration, the causal interaction is still not clearly understood, according to the report.

A key finding of the report is that more information on the dynamics of the migration-water linkage is needed for India, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Central Sahel – all areas that are expected to be among the earliest to face above-average surface temperature increases and intensifying water scarcity in the next 30 years.

Access the publication Water stress and human migration.