What may seem like an unlikely connection climate change and immigration, is not so unlikely, says a new study that predicts mass immigration to the U.S. as a result of climate change.

According to the study, between 1.4 million and 6.7 million Mexicans could migrate to the U.S. by 2080 as climate change reduces crop yields and agricultural production in Mexico.

This could amount to 10 percent of the current population of Mexicans ages 15 to 65, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Study authors acknowledge that things change and that U.S. immigration and border policies could occur, as well as Mexico’s economy and its reliance on agriculture. But the study authors say it is the first step to study the effect of global warming on migration.

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Source: Los Angeles Times