REUTERS: Approximately 50 million environmental refugees are expected to appear very soon in neighbourhoods around the world following 2005 predictions that this would happen by 2010.
A top United Nations University expert estimates that since there have been hardly any environmental refugees so far, this means the world can expect approximately 50 million environmental refugees over the next 10 months - equivalent, on average, to 5 million per month.
Alarmingly, these climate refugees appear not to have a name apart from "climate refugees".
Even more alarmingly, some lady from World Vision says a "large proportion" of the 50 million climate refugees expected over the next 10 months will have to come to Australia, because the places worst effected include Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji and Tonga.
More details of what we can expect over the next 10 months here.
UPDATE: A detailed map of where the 50 million refugees will come from over the next ten months here.
UPDATE II: Tuvalu is renowned as one of the islands most susceptible to sea level rise. This article asks: What Will Become of Tuvalu's Climate Refugees?
Turns out, many will be living in Tuvalu. This census shows that Tuvalu's population has grown steadily (at least to 2008), and that "environmental refugee" is not one of the reasons given by those who have left the island. At least - not yet.
UPDATE III: Although not totally up to date, the latest statistics in Fiji, Tonga and Kiribati all show increasing populations.
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