Climate change swelling Central American migration to US: experts

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Deepening climate change will swell Central American migration to the United States, the region’s environment ministers and experts warned Tuesday as a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants trekked towards the US border in defiance of President Donald Trump. “The next migrants are going to be climate migrants,” El Salvador’s Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lina Pohl told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Panama. Delegates heard climate change had caused prolonged periods of drought and rain in the region, damaging or destroying the crops of poorer subsistence farmers who are often forced to leave with their families to search for new opportunities.