STAFF REPORT ISB:Pakistan urgently requires a national migration policy to pre-empt and mitigate any significant migration trends caused by changes in climate, according to climate experts.


They were speaking at the recent launch of a study conducted by LEAD Pakistan, an environmental and development NGO in Islamabad.


They said that a large number of people are migrating from villages due to effects of climate change, according to the study.


The experts stressed the need for a migration policy that could be made a part of the National Climate Change Policy and the National Disaster Plan.


In his remarks, LEAD Pakistan CEO Ali Tauqeer Sheikh said, “The study provides a springboard for new research and policy engagement.”


He also said that Pakistan leads all South Asian countries in its rate of rural-to-urban migration.


Strengthening Participatory Organisation CEO Naseer Memon claimed as much as 80 per cent internal migration in the country is driven by climate change.