Environmental Refugees are those who are displaced by environmental changes due mainly to climate change. Most of the changes that drive these refugees are sea level rise, expanding deserts, famines, and flooding. These refugees often times do not return to their homes and are permanently displaced. Today many environmental refugees are coming from the Pacific where rising sea levels are driving Pacific Islanders from their homes as their remote islands disappear due to rising sea levels. Some estimates see as many as 50 million refugees by 2010.
Environmental refugees are people that are displaced due to an environmental occurance, such as people whose homes were destroyed in hurricane Katrina or the tsunamis. The US has FEMA to try and assist these misfortunate people.
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