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Migration, environmental change, and the ‘challenges of governance’

Geddes, A., Adger, W. N., Arnell, N. ORCID:, Black, R. and Thomas, D. S. G. (2012) Migration, environmental change, and the ‘challenges of governance’. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 30 (6). pp. 951-967. ISSN 1472-3425

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1068/c3006ed


This paper provides a framework for the theme issue by exploring links between environmental change and human migration. We review evidence that demonstrates that millions of people have moved or are likely to move towards and not away from environmental risk and hazard by moving from rural areas to rapidly growing urban areas. Moreover, some people may choose not to move or be unable to move. Environmental change may further erode household resources in such a way that migration becomes less and not more likely, even in the context of quite significant environmental change posing serious threats to the sustainability of livelihoods. This creates the possibility that populations will be trapped in areas that expose them to serious risk. We argue that the links between environmental change, migration, and governance are of significant importance, and directly influence the modes and efficacy of migration governance at different levels.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:30605
Publisher:Pion Ltd

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