MRS N°42 - Climate change, migration and critical international security considerations


Description: There are growing concerns that climate change will lead to large-scale population displacements and migrations in coming decades. Many security scholars worry that these may in turn contribute to violence and conflict in the most vulnerable regions. Are these concerns supported by scientific evidence? And if so, what options are available to concerned policymakers? In response to these and other questions, this report reviews the available scholarly reporting on climate change, migration and security and describes the legal and policy challenges facing the international community.

While there is indeed considerable evidence that climate does influence migration, future estimates are hampered by a lack of reliable data. Climate-related migration is closely connected to the social, economic, cultural and institutional processes that shape the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of exposed populations. Conflict may potentially emerge in situations of resource scarcity and resource abundance, but in most cases there will be opportunities for intervention before violence occurs. Most climate change-driven migration is likely to occur with countries and regions, although there will be increased international movements along established migrant networks. To avoid large-scale distress migrations, the report outlines priority actions for policymakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance adaptive capacity in vulnerable regions, and provide assistance to those displaced.

Table of Contents

  • List of acronyms
  • Acknowledgements
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Forecasts of future climate-related migration
  • How climate affects migration
  • Migration as household adaptation
  • The emergence of climate change-related migration
  • Systems linkages between climate change migration and security
  • Avoiding distress migration through climate policy
  • Managing climate change-related migration when it emerges
  • The worst-case scenario
  • References

Number of pages: 50
Format: Softcover
Volume/Number: 42

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Reference Number: ISSN 1607-33842
Language of Publication: English
Year of Publication: 2011

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