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Climate-Induced Migration

Gregory White

in Climate Change and Migration

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794829
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919284 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794829.003.0001
Climate-Induced Migration

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This chapter introduces climate-induced migration as an “essentially contested concept.” It notes the definitional challenges and the evolution of a highly dynamic literature since CIM first emerged as a concept in the mid-’80s. It offers a typology that specifies different kinds of population movements and explores the different dimensions of the debate. It seeks to tread the complicated middle ground between alarmist anticipation of multitudes of desperate refugees at one extreme and dismissive criticisms of the concept on the other.

Keywords: environmental refugees; borders; climate change; migration; 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Chapter.  7331 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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