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Our weekly round up of new research on climate change, migration and displacement.
“Despite the reality of climate change, no international agreement or protection framework exists to plan for or address the expected dramatic increase in migration. Current international refugee, environmental, and human rights law does not account for climate change-induced displacement and migration, creating legal gaps in protection. This article explores why these gaps persist and seeks to understand the barriers to a protection framework for climate change migrants. If improved protection is to be achieved, then a typology and assessment of the obstacles such an effort faces is a necessary first step.”
Relations between climate and migration have received a lot of attention of late, in policy literatures concerned with problematizing it as a source of threat to the security and stability of international order, but also from authors concerned with interrogating its discursive constitution from more critical and less-conservative angles. This paper contributes to the development of latter approaches by problematizing the relations between migration and climate as a phenomenon of biopolitics, tightly connected to theories and discourses on and of population, poverty, and sexual reproduction. The paper demonstrates the contrasting ways in which climate-induced migration is dealt with, not just between poor and nonpoor, but human and animal species, especially in terms of the ways in which their reproductive capacities are differentially targeted for biopolitical intervention.
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.
Reports and research
People and Planet: The Royal Society Science Policy Centre report 01a/12
Population Distribution, Migration and Climate Change in Australia: An Exploration by Graeme Hugo for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
The Normative Framework of Climate Change-Related Displacement by Jane McAdam, UNSW
13 – 31 August 2012: Adaptation Academy Foundation Course 2012, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP). Apply online
Conference Video: The Effects of Climate Change and Migration in Northwest Africa. The Centre for American Progress. April 18th 2012
News and commentary
Insights From Past Millennia Into Climatic Impacts on Human Health and Survival in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Anthony McMichael
Life As a Climate Refugee by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury in The Huffington Post
Climate, Migration and Why the Security Agenda Just Doesn’t Help by Arwa Aburawa in the Green Prophet
- What does displacement and migration linked to environmental change look like?
- Does language matter?
- Migration as adaptation
- Disasters and displacement
- The humanitarian system
- The securitization of climate change