Climate change could trigger immigration

18th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2007 , BARCELONA – Climate change leading to a widespread scarcity of resources in Africa and Asia could trigger a massive wave of immigrants to Spain as they seek entry into Europe, a Spanish researcher has warned.

18 April 2007

BARCELONA – Climate change leading to a widespread scarcity of resources in Africa and Asia could trigger a massive wave of immigrants to Spain as they seek entry into Europe, a Spanish researcher has warned.

"The time will come when the resources there, which are already scarce, will disappear (and) what we're seeing now in the way of illegal immigration will be just a drop in the bucket in comparison," said Juan Negrillo, who has worked on climate change with former U.S. vice-president Al Gore.

Negrillo calculated the number of immigrants fleeing their homelands Africa and Asia "in the millions."

Africa, he said, will be especially affected by climate change which will result in lack of water, outbreaks of disease and farmland ruined by drought.

Spain, with its proximity to Africa and its position as the door to Europe, will receive most of the immigrants fleeing that continent and they must not be turned back because they won't survive in their homelands.

Negrillo said that while climate change was a fact and that some effects were irreversible, there was still time to avoid the more worrying repercussions.

"There are solutions out there within reach. They only need to be put into practice."

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Subject: Spanish news

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