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According to Oxfam climate fuelled disasters were the number one driver of displacement within countries over the last decade, forcing more than 20 million people to leave their homes each year.
The most recent disasters being the wildfires in Australia and floods in Europe, which have displaced thousands of people.
Oxfam Australia Climate Change Advisor Simon Bradshaw said the current bushfires in Australia have shown that nobody is immune to the impacts of the climate crisis.
“Our research reaffirms that communities in the Pacific face severe impacts from global heating, including being forced from their homes by extreme weather disasters."
“The Australian Government needs to move beyond coal and back the Pacific Islands and other vulnerable nations in their calls for a new loss and damage finance facility under the Paris Agreement. It’s only fair that we add our support to this, as well as further cutting our emissions, considering our much greater responsibility for the crisis," he said.
Which leaves our neighbours in the Pacific suffering the worst impacts, but having contributed the least to the causes of the climate crisis.
The contentious issue of financial support for communities that have suffered loss and damage as a result of the climate crisis, including people who have been forced to leave their homes, is expected to take centre stage at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019.
According to Oxfam's Brief named "Forced from Home" people in low and lower-middle income countries such as India, Nigeria and Bolivia are more than four times likely to be displaced by extreme weather disasters than people in rich countries such as the United States or Australia.
About 80% of all people displaced in the last decade live in Asia – home to 60% of the world’s population and more than a third of the people globally who are living in extreme poverty.
The 25th UN Climate Summit takes place in Madrid, Spain from 2 – 13 December 2019