This is a continuation of the severe weather warning I began earlier last week – sharing global trends related to forced displacement. The sobering forecast predicting severe weather cannot be ignored as nations and the international community consider how to navigate what’s coming.
5. Many of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world are reducing their support of humanitarian aid. Many international humanitarian agencies were forced to cut their already thread bare budgets by 30% at the start of 2019. This reduced food rations, emergency shelter materials and many other resources that are essential to the survival of forcibly displaced people.
6. Many wealthy and powerful nations are ramping up efforts to offshore asylum seekers for processing. The EU paid Turkey billions of Euros to keep Syrian and other refugees within its borders. The EU is increasing efforts to hold asylum seekers in Libya (itself at civil war) for processing. Libya is now sending asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing. The US is increasing efforts to process asylum seekers in Mexico. The trend is for wealthy nations to pay poorer nations to hold asylum seekers at arms length.
Another couple of factors behind the severe weather warning to be posted soon.