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People on the Move in a Changing Climate

The Regional Impact of Environmental Change on Migration

Series: Global Migration Issues, Vol. 2

Piguet, Etienne, Laczko, Frank (Eds.)

2014, VII, 253 p. 29 illus.

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  • Compares how each of the major regions of the world is likely to be affected by changes in the environment and migration
  • Provides regional policy perspectives
  • Each chapter is written by leading experts of the region, on the basis of a unified framework

Policymakers around the world are increasingly concerned about the likely impact of climate change and environmental degradation on the movement of people. This book takes a hard look at the existing evidence available to policymakers in different regions of the world. How much do we really know about the impact of environmental change on migration? How will different regions of the world be affected in the future?  Is there evidence to show that migration can help countries adapt to environmental change ? What types of research have been conducted, how reliable is the evidence? These are some of the questions considered in this book, which presents, for the first time, a synthesis of relevant research findings for each major region of the world.


Written by regional experts, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the key findings of existing studies on the linkages between environmental change and the movement of people. More and more reports on migration and the environment are being published, but the information is often scattered between countries and within regions, and it is not always clear how much of this information is based on solid research. This book brings this evidence together for the first time, highlighting innovative studies and research gaps.  In doing this, the book seeks to help decision-makers draw lessons from existing studies and to identify priorities for further research.      

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Asia, Sub-Saharah Africa, North America, Latin America, Ocenia - Climate change - Climate policy and refugee/asylum policy - Displacements of populations - Effects of changes in environment and migration - Environment/migration nexus - Environmental issues - Extreme weather events - IOM - IPCC's reports - Internal and international migration flows - Living in urban areas - Migration and environmental change - Regional climate change forecast - Regional consulvative processes on migration - Regional policy perspectives

Related subjects » Climate Change Impact - Environmental Science & Engineering - Population Studies

Table of contents 

1: Regional Perspectives on Migration, the Environment and Climate Change: Frank Laczko, Etienne Piguet.- 2: Migration and Environmental Change in Asia: Graeme Hugo and Douglas K. Bardsley.- 3: Environmental change and Migration between Europe and its Neighbours: Mark Mulligan Sophia Burke and Caitlin Douglas.- 4: Environmental change and human migration in sub-Saharan Africa: James Morrissey.- 5: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Migration: Review of the Literature for Five Arab Countries: Quentin Wodon, Nicholas Burger, Audra Grant, George Joseph, Andrea Liverani and Olesya Tkacheva.- 6: Migration and Environmental Change in North America (USA and Canada): Susana B. Adamo and Alexander M. de Sherbinin.- 7: Migration and Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Raoul Kaenzig and Etienne Piguet.- 8: Migration and Climate Change in Oceania; Richard Bedford and John Campbell.- 9: The changing Hindu Kush Himalayas: Environmental change and migration: Soumyadeep Banerjee, Richard Black, Dominic Kniveton, Michael Kollmair.-10:  Regional Policy Perspectives: Karoline Popp.   

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