Germany said on Wednesday it would not grant asylum to people claiming to be climate refugees.
“The federal government does not plan to recognise the ‘flight from climatic conditions and changes’ as a reason for asylum and to make a corresponding change in the law,” it said in a statement.
According to a paper from the European Parliament released last year, an average of 26.4 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced by floods, windstorms, earthquakes and droughts every year since 2008.
The briefing noted that the trend has been on the rise over recent decades and that the number of “climate refugees” would continue to increase.
But experts worldwide disagree on the best term to use.