What are the links between climate change and migration

The link between climate change and migration is much more subtle and complex than 'clickbait' headlines suggest, argue Kayly Ober and Patrick Sakdapolrak in their contribution on chinadialogue.


COP21 is in full swing and there are still a few issues on the table related to climate change and migration. TransRe Project leader Patrick Sakdapolrak and researcher Kayly Ober discuss in a recent article, "What are the links between climate change and migration," the impact of misleading media headlines on the discussions. They acknowledge that the climate-migration nexus is much more complex than often shown in news when it comes to popular issues, such as climate change's link to the Syrian conflict and subsequent refugee crisis, or "sinking islands" in the Pacific and "climate change refugees" there.

They encourage readers to engage critically with the issue and keep in mind empirical evidence before jumping to conclusions. They maintain that COP21 should take heed and incorporate migration into adaptation issues as well as systematically align climate and development policies, with aims such as poverty reduction, food security as well as effective governance structures dealing with climate change. Above all, policymakers must acknowledge that enhancing capacities to deal with climatic risks in source areas won’t automatically prevent people from migrating; and need to acknowledge, accept, and understand that migration is an integral aspect of global society.

Link btw #climatechange & #migration more subtle than 'clickbait' headlines suggest say @KaylyOber & @PSakdapolrak


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»This week our colleague Kayly Ober is at the Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21) and is following how the topic of migration is discussed.
(Source: K. Ober/TransRe Project (c) 2015)

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