The developed countries of the West are afraid of “climate refugees,” although they are the most responsible ones creating problems that cause environmental migration, according to head of a human rights program.

“Those in the global North as major emitters are especially afraid that they will be required to take more climate refugees as they shoulder a greater responsibility in creating the problem,” Sumudu Atapattu, executive director of Madison Human Rights Program at University of Wisconsin (UW), said.

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