Migration as Adaptation?

Vinke, K., Bergmann, J., Blocher, J., Upadhyay, H., & Hoffmann, R. (2020). Migration as Adaptation? Migration Studies 8 (4) 626-634. 10.1093/migration/mnaa029.

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Abstract

The discourse on climate change and migration has shifted from labelling migration merely as a consequence of climate impacts, to describing it as a form of human adaptation. This article explores the adaptation framing of the climate change and migration nexus and highlights its shortcomings and advantages. While for some groups, under certain circumstances migration can be an effective form of adaptation, for others it leads to increased vulnerabilities and a poverty spiral, reducing their adaptive capacities. Non-economic losses connected to a change of place further challenge the notion of successful adaptation. Even when migration improves the situation of a household, it may conceal the lack of action on climate change adaptation from national governments or the international community. Given the growing body of evidence on the diverse circumstances and outcomes of migration in the context of climate change, we distinguish between reactive and proactive migration and argue for a precise differentiation in the academic debate.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 13:27
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 12:25
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/17010

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