On May 11-12, the HABITABLE Team participated to the EMN Swedish Presidency Conference which took place in Stockholm. Its main objective was to investigate the potential influence of climate change on global migration trends, with a specific focus on migration to the EMN Member countries (EU Member States excluding Denmark) and Observer Countries (Norway, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Montenegro, Armenia, Serbia).
Also aiming to to facilitate discussions about the ongoing efforts and future strategies of EMN Member and Observer Countries in addressing the challenges and consequences associated with this issue, the fundamental questions addressed by the panels were centered around how to enhance our comprehension of the climate-migration nexus, how to anticipate the short-term and long-term effects of climate change on displacement and migration, how to establish stronger connections between various policy domains, and how to identify and prioritize policy and practical actions which are necessary to confront these challenges.
To tackle these questions, the Conference convened an extensive array of international experts specializing in climate change and migration, hailing from various sectors including research, policy development, and policy implementation, including Francois Gemenne and Dina Ionesco, member of the HABITABLE consortium.
During the conference, Francois Gemenne presented the HABITABLE project to the audience and conveyed an important message, stressing the necessity for policies on climate change and migration to account for local populations’ perceptions, both in the global South and in the global North.