The European Union has warned of a new migration wave, predicting more people will attempt to get to Europe as a result of the global food crisis made worse by the war in Ukraine.
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The E.U.'s new interim director, Aija Kalnaja, has said Europe is ready to receive refugees from Ukraine, but that the wider problem is likely an influx of migrants from other areas of the world.
“We have to prepare also for refugees coming from other areas because of food security,” Kalnaja stated. “You probably know that grain transport from Ukraine is hampered and that will create waves of migration.”
A prediction about a potential famine by North Africa's climate expert follows the release of a 27-page EU report into the potential consequences.
Rising global hunger challenges might trigger newer waves of social protest, intra-national displacement, and migration to neighboring countries.
Vladimir Putin's top aide Maksim Oreshkin said that: “It is important that in the conditions, for example, of a global famine that will occur closer to autumn, by the end of this year all over the world, Russia should not suffer, but be fully provided with food.”
Oreshkin said that one of the main causes for inflation was the Federal Reserve’s decision to overprint the dollar back in 2020; he has also claimed that actions taken on Ukraine by the Biden administration have had a significant impact.
Both Ukraine and Russia supply roughly 30% of the world’s wheat; therefore, sanctions caused a near 60% percent increase in the price of wheat. The aide’s claims are also backed up by the head of the Bank of England; who has also said that: the cost of living crisis in the U.K. - which is due to enter a recession by the end of the year - is being exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The list of people who are concerned about the potential famine are increasing by the day. The world renowned journalist and TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson - who is known for his role in TopGear - has said that the global food crisis will cause cannibalism, and that many farmers are letting their fields go fallow.
“The problem is that next year many farmers will decide that, because of the costs involved, they’ll use less fertiliser,” he wrote. “Some will doubtless try to use none at all. Others will try to use cardboard or lawn clippings or faeces instead. Either way they will produce less food. Some farmers — I know of three in my area alone — have already decided to fallow their fields next year and grow nothing at all.”
“And this is not just happening in the UK. It’s a global phenomenon and it could well result in there being maybe 20 per cent less food in the shops than is necessary. That’s bad. And then it gets worse because, between them, Russia and Ukraine grow more than a quarter of global wheat exports.”
He concluded by saying that the world was: “hurtling down a well-watered slide into the pit of hunger, misery and death.”
The food shortage crisis in Africa is only made worse by the ever-increasing number of people migrating to Europe.
According to a poll of 15 African countries last month, over half of young people want to leave the continent in the next few years.
The Dutch government has been trying to slash nitric oxide concentrations in order to address public health concerns. This, unfortunately, would mean putting a lot of farmers out of business, which would be sure to hurt the country's economy.