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Sophia Kagan, Meredith Byrne and Michelle Leighton

As global climate change intensifies and diminishes economic opportunity, people may consider migration as a coping strategy. Many workers are already seeking better work and income security abroad due to poor economic opportunities at home, through conflict or disaster. While the consequences of environmental degradation on labour markets are well researched – particularly as they relate to core economic sectors such as agriculture and tourism – much less is known on how climate variability or other environmental change in the future will affect workers and drive some to migrate in search of new livelihoods. Given the vulnerability of these new migrants, the ILO’s role in making regular and well-managed labour migration a positive experience for all and fostering greater awareness of the positive contributions that migrant workers make to host countries will be more important than ever.