Every second, one person is displaced by disaster.

In 2018, more than 17.2 million people fled disasters in 125 countries and territories. Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide.

The basics of climate change, disasters and displacement

As climate change continues, it will likely lead to more frequent and severe natural hazards. The impact will be heavy. Climate change causes poverty and food shortages, and forces even higher numbers of men, women and children to flee their homes.

On average, 26 million people are displaced by disasters such as floods and storms every year (as of 2016). That’s one person forced to flee every second.

We advocate for protection and assistance to become central components of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and development planning. We work to influence global and regional policies so that they reflect these concerns.