In December we worked with IOM and COMPAS to put on the event Climate change and migration: how are they linked? A Podcast of the event is now available online.
Dina Ionesco (IOM) and Alex Randall (COIN / UKCCMC) discuss some of the key issues around migration and climate change. Dina initially lays out some of the key facts about the relationship between climate and migration. Alex then explores some of emerging research trends and how civil society groups can respond to these.
The briefing paper provides a summary of the key areas covered by the podcast and the event.
From the briefing paper:
Recent research has reshaped our understanding of the relationship between climate change and the movement of people. It is now clear that climate change may be influencing the movement of people in ways that have not previously been understood.
- People may be using migration as a way of adapting to environmental stress.
- Climate change may also be reducing people’s ability to move, trapping vulnerable populations in high risk areas.
- Climate change is one among many forces that shape patterns of movement, and cannot be considered in isolation.
Alex Randall coordinates the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition. He is author several reports on migration and climate change. He writes regularly on migration, displacement and climate change for a number of outlets.