Central American Refugees Fleeing Increasingly Inhospitable Climate

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While violence, insecurity, drugs and corruption are all persistent migration drivers in Central America, many who are fleeing these countries for the US-Mexico border are indeed some of the first climate refugees from the region that the United States can increasingly expect in coming decades. According to Edwin Castellanos, a climate scientist from Guatemala, a mix of terrible droughts and torrential downpours (among other climate change issues) combine to exacerbate the existing social issues in the region, making the path to progress evermore treacherous.

Listen to the full story from NPR member-station WUNC here.