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Interrogating the Links between Climate Change, Migration, and Immobility 
Kerilyn Schewel (Duke University)
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Kerilyn Schewel (Duke University)
Palmer 1.05
Wednesday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Countering simple narratives of mass climate migration under the Anthropocene, this panel presents new research clarifying the links between climate change, migration, and immobility across development contexts.

Long Abstract:

For more than thirty years, research published by scientists and reports in the news media have warned that climate change will cause mass migration and displacement on a global scale. A predominant early assumption was that climate change and migration have a linear, cause-and-effect relationship, in which climate induced drought, rising sea levels, and natural disasters result in the movement of affected populations. Approaches to forecasting climate migration initially focused on hazard mapping: identifying areas threatened by climate change and assuming the vast majority of residents of affected areas would be forced to leave. This led to catastrophic projections of future climate migrations and environmental refugees (Brown 2008; McLeman 2014). Fortunately, these early projections have failed to become reality. They did not adequately account for how climate-related factors interact with non-climate related drivers of migration, the potential for in-situ adaptation, and instances in which climate change impacts may suppress mobility, particularly in low-income countries or among more vulnerable and marginalized populations. There is growing recognition that the relationship between climate change and migration is often indirect, non-linear, and sometimes counter-intuitive.

This panel invites new conceptual and empirical research interrogating the links between climate change, migration, and immobility. We seek papers exploring how the impacts of climate change intersect with existing mobility systems and development conditions to affect the nature, volume, direction, and composition of migration flows. We also invite papers focused on adaptation and immobility in this context.

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Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -