Now that the general public is sick of the refugee crisis created by Middle East wars, watch for ‘Climate refugees’ as the fashionable reason for mass migration in 2018!
Before I get to the climate refugee portion of the story, see that the UN says there are 258 million migrants on the move around the world. (The total population of the US is around 326 million and at present we gain one international migrant every 33 seconds!)
According the UN there are 50 million “migrants” in the United States now making it the top destination for people on the move.
I’m going to emphasize for the umpteenth time that migrants do not equal refugees. Even if the Left would love for you to get it into your head that every person on the move is a refugee of one sort or another, they are not.
The 1951 UN Refugee Convention (still in effect) defined a refugee as follows:
“A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it..”
Do you see anything in there about a refugee being someone running from a war zone, anything about needing a job, anything about being poor, anything about leaving a natural disaster area, anything about fearing gang violence, anything about the weather changing at home? NO!
So the vast majority of people on the move are NOT refugees, they are simply migrants.
But, watch for the on-going efforts of the borderless world pushers to try to claim they all are refugees.
So here is what the UN reported this week about migrants of all stripes.
The US has the highest number of migrants of any country in the world!
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An estimated 258 million people are international migrants, a figure that has surged by a half since the turn of the century, the United Nations said on Monday.
One in ten of those people is a refugee or asylum seeker, the U.N. said in a report on migration trends and developments released to coincide with International Migrants Day.
Globally, 3.4 percent of the population consists of international migrants, meaning someone who lives in a country other than the country where they were born, it said.
The rights of migrants and the need for safe, well-managed migration policies are included in the set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted unanimously by the U.N. member nations in 2015, and the U.N is planning an international conference on migration late next year.
Other figures showed that migration contributed 42 percent of the population growth in Northern America between 2000 and 2015, and that the population in Europe would have declined during that time period without migration.
The biggest number of international migrants, nearly 50 million, live in the United States. Saudi Arabia, Germany and Russia have about 12 million international migrants each, followed by the UK with almost nine million, it said. [S.A. does permit large numbers of foreign workers, but they are not voting citizens.—ed]
The greatest number of migrants, 106 million, came from Asia, it said.
Beware the CLIMATE REFUGEE ruse!
Off and on over the years I’ve followed the growth of the climate refugee movement. (See my archive on the topic by clicking here.)
I believe it will be taking off big time in 2018. (It’s a twofer: They will be able to whack the President on two things at once—refugees and global warming!)
The ‘climate refugee’ activists have been somewhat held back because so many thinking people question the validity of the global warming issue in the first place, and they have been stymied by internal political arguments about the word ‘refugee.’
Longtime promoters of the humanitarian ‘refugee’ redistribution of people, don’t want the word ‘refugee’ sullied or otherwise messed with. But, those pushing redistribution of people and wealth using the climate argument want to latch on to the sexy word—refugees—that they know the media loves. And also because the word implies that we have some responsibility for them.
It’s just a guess, but I think that the glow is off that word for many people after more than a decade of being lectured and told that western countries must absorb the Muslim world’s problems by moving massive numbers of mostly illegitimate ‘refugees’ (migrants!) to the West.
The one-worlders need a new excuse, so here comes global warming creating ‘climate refugees.’
As you might guess, I set alerts to receive certain types of news from around the world every day. One of those alerts is for ‘climate refugees,’ another is for ‘Syria refugees.’
The Syria alert has been packed with at least two dozen daily stories for the last few years, but I noticed lately that the ‘climate refugees’ stories are becoming almost as numerous! What the heck!
Here is one (PBS News Hour) that is being blasted everywhere this week.
Global warming could drive 660,000 more people per year to Europe
The number of asylum seekers fleeing their home countries to the European Union will increase 188 percent — to 660,000 applications per year — by 2100 if carbon emissions and global warming continue on their current path, according to new estimates published Thursday in Science Magazine.
But, do you see what they have done here?
“Asylum seekers,” after going through a legal process and being granted asylum, are REFUGEES. They are once again making the leap—making you think that those moving because of changing weather at home are legitimate refugees! It follows that if they are refugees, you are primed to think that you must care for them, invite them to your town or some such nonsense.
There is a rebuttal of Science mag here.
And, here is another story, this one from Reuters, which rightly refers to the people moving due to changing weather as ‘migrants.’
To wrap up with some holiday cheer! There is even a story this week about Santa moving to the South Pole because of global warming. Trying to be cute(?) as they plant the R-word here: