Environmental change and migration

Ingrid Boas*, Hanne Wiegel

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This chapter addresses the subject of environmental and climate change-related migration. This topic has received increasing attention over the years both within academia and policy-making. Yet, many misunderstandings about the relationship between environmental change and human migration remain. For example, it is often assumed that environmental change leads to millions of people on the run for their lives, seeking shelter far away from home. Policy-makers are therefore predominantly concerned with addressing emergency displacement and want to know how many climate refugees they can expect seeking to cross international borders in the years to come. This chapter attempts to nuance these perspectives. It shows how the relationship between environmental changes and human mobility is far from straightforward, highlighting the diverse and complex ways in which im/mobility in the context of social and environmental changes unfolds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroduction to International Migration
Subtitle of host publicationPopulation Movements in the 21st Century
EditorsJeannette Money, Sarah P. Lockhart
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages10
Edition1 st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003167631
ISBN (Print)9780367415334
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021


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