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The Securitization of 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/9780199794829.003.0003
The Securitization of Climate-Induced Migration

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This chapter examines security’s place at the heart of international relations theory. The chapter also situates CIM at the nexus of complementary discourses. On the one hand, recent decades have seen a growing emphasis on the securitization of the environment and climate change. Concomitantly, on the other hand, there has been a gradual injection of security imperatives into the interdiction of immigration. Climate-induced migration bridges and knits together these discourses to provide a new, additional rationale for security officials and electorates anxious about immigration and the impact of climate change. Since most CIM is not directed toward the North Atlantic, the political reaction serves an ancillary purpose as part of anti-immigration efforts.

Keywords: anti-immigration politics; security; environmental security; climate security

Chapter.  14076 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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