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World Bank Says 86 Million Africans Are at Risk of Climate Migration

  • Forced migration hot spots are West Africa, Lake Victoria area
  • Africa badly hit by climate change disasters in past decade
Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

As many as 86 million Africans will be forced to migrate within their own countries by 2050 due to the effects of changing weather patterns, according to a study by the World Bank.

The forced movements in areas of West Africa and the Lake Victoria basin could start in less than a decade and then intensify, the Washington-based lender said in the report ahead of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties in Glasgow. People dependent on agriculture and fisheries, for instance, will move to more habitable areas to escape extreme conditions such as water scarcity, flooding, heat stress, and rising seas.