Exploring the Relationship between Migration and Air Pollution in Europe

Exploring the Relationship between Migration and Air Pollution in Europe

Jun 01, 2021
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Online

Across Europe, many people are still at risk from the air they breathe. Air pollution and clean energy are high on the European Union’s (EU) policy agenda and are clear priorities for the European Green Deal. However, their connections with migration have been under-explored. 

Many countries around the world are adversely impacted by air pollution stemming from energy generation, car emissions and residential heating. Groups that may be vulnerable to the impacts of poor air quality include mobile populations, such as internal migrants, daily commuters and international migrants. However, migrants and their families can also be part of the solution and can help achieve the emission reduction targets if enabling conditions are present. 

During the IOM Partner Event, the panellists discussed how the EU, EU Member States and Governments in the Western Balkans, international financial institutions, and other partners could integrate migration considerations in the roll-out of clear air initiatives.  

Panellists included:  

  • Dr. Sunita Pitamber, Associate Director for the Access to Services & Gender Mainstreaming, Gender and Economic Inclusion at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Ms. Veronica Manfredi, Director of the Quality of Life Directorate at the European Commission's DG Environment
  • Ms. Kaja Shukova, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia
  • Mr. Ola Henrikson, Regional Director at IOM Regional Office for the EEA, EU and NATO
  • The session will be moderated by Prof. Francis Pope, Professor of Atmospheric Science, the University of Birmingham