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Migration and Climate Change

Edited By: Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pecoud and Paul de Guchteneire

442 pages, 11 b/w illustrations, 11 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #196064 | ISBN-13: 9781107662254
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Migration and Climate Change provides the first authoritative overview of the relationship between climate change and migration. It brings together both case studies and syntheses from different parts of the world and critically discusses empirical evidence, methodological challenges, conceptual gaps, policy responses, and normative issues. The book constitutes a unique and thorough introduction to one of the most discussed but least understood consequences of climate change and brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, climatology, demography, geography, law, political science and sociology.


1. Introduction: migration and climate change

Part I. Evidence on the Migration-Climate Change Relationship
2. The main climate change forecasts that might cause human displacements
3. Climate change, migration and health in Brazil
4. Environmental degradation and out-migration: evidence from Nepal
5. Refusing 'refugee' in the Pacific: (de)constructing climate-induced displacement in international law
6. Critical views on the relationship between climate change and migration: some insights from the experience of Bangladesh
7. Sea level rise, local vulnerability and involuntary migration
8. Environmental change and forced migration scenarios: methods and findings from the Nile Delta, Sahel and Meking Delta

Part II. Policy Responses, Normative Issues and Critical Perspectives
9. Research and policy interactions in the birth of the 'environmental migration' concept
10. Lessons from past forced resettlement for climate change migration
11. Climate change and internal displacement: challenges to the normative framework
12. Displacement, climate change and gender
13. Drought, desertification and migration: past experiences, predicted impacts and human rights issues
14. The protection of 'environmental refugees' in international law
15. 'Environmental refugees': aspects of international state responsibility
16. Concluding remarks on the climate change-migration nexus

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Etienne Piguet is professor of geography at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) and nominated expert for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th report (working group II on the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change). He is specialized in migration and refugee studies and a member of the steering committee of the population geography commission/International Geographic Union. He is an internationally recognized expert about the links between human migration and environmental degradation. Author of several books on migration policy and immigrant minorities in Switzerland, as well as of a 2008 report on climate change and migration for the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

Antoine Pecoud has been with UNESCO's Section on International Migration and Multicultural Policies since 2003 and is a research associate at the Unite de Recherche Migrations et Societe, University of Paris VII, and at Migrations Internationales, Espaces et Societes, University of Poitiers (France). He holds a BA from the University of Lausanne and a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford. His research has focused on migration management, immigrant entrepreneurship in Germany and the human rights implications of international migration. His co-edited books include "Migration without Borders: Essays on the Free Movement of People" (2007), "Migration and Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights" (2009) and "The Politics of International Migration Management" (2010).

Paul de Guchteneire is head of the Programme on International Migration and Multicultural Policies at UNESCO and director of the Diversities journal. He has worked as an epidemiologist at the Netherlands Cancer Research Foundation and is a past director of the Steinmetz Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president of the International Federation of Data Organizations. His current research focuses on the human rights dimension of international migration and the development of policies for migration management at the international level. His publications include "Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies" (2007), "Migration without Borders: Essays on the Free Movement of People" (2007), "Migration and Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights" (2009), as well as several works on data collection and analysis in the social sciences.

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