The awareness raising event “The Unseen Driver of Migration: Climate Change and the Crisis of Protection in Central America” took place the 23rd of September in Montreal and was organized by the Samuel Centre of Social Connectedness and the MSF Urban Spaces local Montreal team. The main aim of the event was to unfold the impacts of climate change on forced migration, with a focus on Central America and Mexico.
“We need to work together. Cities are doing a lot but they cannot act alone. Working in collaboration with states and civil society is very important” said Mrs Véronique Lamontagne, Senior Advisor on Mayors Migration Council in Montreal during the event for climate change as the unseen driver for migration.
The educational material is an outcome of a joint collaboration between MSF Greece, the Greek Forum for Refugees, Melissa, Greenpeace, educators and volunteers and applies mainly to children and adolescents aged 10 – 18.
Several presentations from frontline humanitarian aid workers, researchers and activists took place while a diverse range of Montrealers — from long-time residents, to newly arrived asylum seekers, youth, professionals were there to explore the impact of climate change on forced migration in Central America and Mexico, and the lack of protection for migrants from the region.