Catholic Official: Main Driver of Migration is ‘Climate Change’

Tapfuma Murove, Zimbabwe’s country representative for Catholic Relief Services, the overseas development arm of the U.S. bishops, said that climate change tops the list of drivers of African migration.

“There are many reasons for why people make the decision to migrate, whether that is to escape conflict, to seek higher education, or to find a job,” Murove declared. “However, the main driver of migration in Africa right now is climate change.”

“In East Africa, we are seeing prolonged droughts. In Southern Africa, stronger and more frequent storms are causing intense flooding,” Murove said. “In West Africa, sea level rise is causing coastal erosion in major cities. All of these things are pushing people to leave their homes and forcing them to move to safer places where the weather is more predictable.”

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