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23 Nov 2015

The State of Environmental Migration 2013 - A review of 2012

This volume is the third of an annual series, which aims to provide the reader with regularly updated assessments on the changing nature and dynamics of environmental migration throughout the world. The idea for it stemmed from the course “Environment and Migration”, taught at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po. The course, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the world, examines the complex relationship between environmental change and migration flows. The best of these papers have been selected and edited, and are presented in this volume. Most of them constitute the first detailed analyses of the migration flows that were induced by some of the most dramatic events of 2012, paving the way for future scholarly works.

  • Introduction
  • Methodological considerations
  • Part 1 - Flights and evacuations
    • Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey: Evacuation, displacement and adaptation
    • Typhoon Bopha and people displacements in the Philippines
    • Cyclone Evan in Samoa
    • Assam and the Brahmaputra: Recurrent flooding and internal displacement
  • Part 2 - Mobility, Resettlement
    • Desertification and drought related migrations in the Sahel – The cases of Mali and Burkina Faso
    • Drought and internal displacements of pastoralists in Northern Kenya in 2012: An assessment
    • The Fukushima evacuees’ return
    • Dam-induced migration in the Mekong region
  • In Focus
    • Migration and the environment: The case of hurricane Sandy in Haiti
    • Cyclones Giovanna and Irina make thousands of people homeless
    • Responding to hurricane Isaac: Assessing evacuations and federal levee seven years after Katrina
    • Australia and its swift disaster response management
    • Mozambican floods and resettlement processes
    • Disaster response in Nigeria: Managing the largest displacement of 2012
    • 2012 floods in Bangladesh and food insecurity
    • The new towns of L’aquila: A successful post-quake rehousing project or a wrong long-term reconstruction policy?