Saturday, October 22, 2011

Climate change: Migration as adaptation

This study was part of the UK Foresight programme report on migration and global climate change. In the next 50 years, there will likely be increased migration of populations due to climate change. We need to give serious thought to our migration policies and consider the possibility that many people may not be able to migrate due to socioeconomic factors. The authors argue that "Migration may be the most effective way to allow people to diversify income and build resilience where environmental change threatens livelihoods. It is therefore necessary to make channels for voluntary migration available." Migration is adaptive in this changing world.

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