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Bangladesh: Managing climate change induced migration into urban areas

Ferry on the river Bhairab, a side arm in the delta of the Ganges, as a connection to the city of Khulna.

Bangladesh is one of the countries worst hit by climate change. Climate change is threatening not only the economic development of the country but also, and in particular, the living conditions of the poor, who are especially vulnerable to extremes of climate.

Coastal and riverside erosion as well as flooding are forcing local people to adapt to new conditions. Many of the people affected respond to these events by migrating elsewhere – either temporarily or permanently.

A programme directed at helping municipalities to manage climate induced domestic migration into urban areas – funded under the BMZ's special initiative "Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees" – is helping to address these challenges. The aim of the programme is to tackle the structural causes of migration, support the regions taking in migrants and facilitate the (re-)integration of migrants. The measures being implemented in Bangladesh focus on facilitating the economic and social integration of migrants relocating for climate-related reasons into the cities of Khulna and Rajshahi.

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