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Urban Migration: Shaping the Future of Our Cities

by 100 Resilient Cities on 23rd May, 2017 at 11:27 AM CEST

In the largest wave of human displacement since World War II, today conflict and persecution have forced more than 60 million people to flee their homes in search of security and a better future. An annual average of 21.5 million people have been displaced by climate-related natural disasters — such as floods, storms, wildfires, extreme temperature — each year since 2008. Thousands of others are forced to move by slow-burning disasters, such as droughts or coastal erosion linked to sea level rise. Despite this spike, forcibly displaced people represent just a share of the world’s total migrant population, which peaked at 244 million people — 3.3 per cent of the world’s population — in 2015. Whether migrants move to destination countries voluntarily or involuntarily, they overwhelmingly remain in cities, contributing significantly to population growth and urbanization.

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