Millions On the Move? Unpacking the Climate-Migration Nexus

As climate change unfolds, threatening the lives  and livelihoods of billions of people around the globe, the issue of climate migration is receiving increasing attention by the public, academics and policymakers alike. While narratives about climate-induced mass migration or populations becoming “trapped” by climate change are gaining momentum, the scientific evidence on climate-related mobility is scant. Individual-level decision-making processes around migration and in situ adaptation are highly context-specific and hard to generalize. Hence, there is a need for more rigorous, in-depth research on (im)mobility in the context of environmental and climatic changes to inform policymakers aiming to address climate adaptation as one of the most significant and topical global challenges - supporting those who would like to move as well as those who prefer to stay.

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