Environmentally-related migration is often cited as one of the human consequences of environmental stress, especially in the context of climate change. Nonetheless, there is a lack of effective and appropriate governance strategies that address the issue due to the complex and multicausal character of environmentally-related migration and the tendency to discuss the issue through security-based discourses that favor alarmist narratives. This paper suggests alternative approaches in responding to environmentally-related migration that seek to avoid these pitfalls. Through the case of Bangladesh, this paper illustrates the need to form cross-sectoral governance policies that avoid oversimplifying environmentally-related migration. Specifically, the paper highlights the limits and dangers of the security-based framework to environmentally-related migration and calls for policy coordination as a potential pathway forward.
Mayer, B., Boas, I. J. C., Ewing, J., Baillat, A., & Das, U. K. (2013). Governing Environmentally-Related Migration in Bangladesh: Responsibilities, Security and the Causality Problem. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 22(2), 177-198. https://doi.org/10.1177/011719681302200202