Environmental migrants, climate ‘refugees’ and sun-seeking expats: capturing the larger context of migration in a changing climate through appropriate and effective behavioural research

Kniveton, Dominic, Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja and Smith, Christopher D., "Environmental migrants, climate ‘refugees’ and sun-seeking expats: capturing the larger context of migration in a changing climate through appropriate and effective behavioural research" in Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration ed. McLenan, Robert and Gemenne, François (London: Routledge, 2018), 151-160.

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  • Author Kniveton, Dominic
    Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja
    Smith, Christopher D.
    Book Editor McLenan, Robert
    Gemenne, François
    Chapter Title Environmental migrants, climate ‘refugees’ and sun-seeking expats: capturing the larger context of migration in a changing climate through appropriate and effective behavioural research
    Book Title Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration
    Publication Date 2018-03-09
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Routledge
    Start page 151
    End page 160
    Language eng
    Abstract The question of how migration patterns will be influenced by environmental and climate change has received much attention within policy and academic circles. This focus can be explained in part by fears voiced by an alarmist group of migration scholars regarding uncontrolled population movements over country borders at the hands of a changing climate. This chapter explores the undercurrents driving widespread interest in the interaction between climate change and migration. In so doing, it explores how narratives around migration have been shaped by the use of certain terminology or ways to define, theorise, facilitate and problematise the movement of people. Current understanding of the interactions between the environment and human migration are characterised by a high degree of complexity and uncertainty. A wide range of methods and theoretical frameworks have thus been developed that seek to expand our understanding of its dynamics. Despite methodological and conceptual advances within the field, we propose that future research and policy must consider the loaded nature of language and the ways in which terms such as ‘climate change’ and ‘migration’ are interpreted. Care must be taken to ensure that the development of actions and policy initiatives truly serve to protect and benefit affected people, whether they are on the move, have arrived in a new destination, or are immobile and want but are unable to move.
    Copyright Holder Routledge
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781138194465
    9781315638843
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