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People on the Move in a Changing Climate

The Regional Impact of Environmental Change on Migration

  • Etienne Piguet
  • Frank Laczko


  • Compares how each of the major regions of the world is likely to be affected by changes in the environment and migration

  • Provides regional policy perspectives

  • Each chapter is written by leading experts of the region, on the basis of a unified framework


Part of the Global Migration Issues book series (IOMS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Graeme Hugo, Douglas K. Bardsley
    Pages 21-48
  3. Mark Mulligan, Sophia Burke, Caitlin Douglas
    Pages 49-79
  4. Quentin Wodon, Nicholas Burger, Audra Grant, George Joseph, Andrea Liverani, Olesya Tkacheva
    Pages 111-134
  5. Susana B. Adamo, Alexander M. de Sherbinin
    Pages 135-153
  6. Raoul Kaenzig, Etienne Piguet
    Pages 155-176
  7. John Campbell, Richard Bedford, Richard Bedford
    Pages 177-204
  8. Soumyadeep Banerjee, Richard Black, Dominic Kniveton, Michael Kollmair
    Pages 205-227
  9. Karoline Popp
    Pages 229-253

About this book


Policymakers around the world are increasingly concerned about the likely impact of climate change and environmental degradation on the movement of people. This book takes a hard look at the existing evidence available to policymakers in different regions of the world. How much do we really know about the impact of environmental change on migration? How will different regions of the world be affected in the future?  Is there evidence to show that migration can help countries adapt to environmental change ? What types of research have been conducted, how reliable is the evidence? These are some of the questions considered in this book, which presents, for the first time, a synthesis of relevant research findings for each major region of the world.


Written by regional experts, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the key findings of existing studies on the linkages between environmental change and the movement of people. More and more reports on migration and the environment are being published, but the information is often scattered between countries and within regions, and it is not always clear how much of this information is based on solid research. This book brings this evidence together for the first time, highlighting innovative studies and research gaps.  In doing this, the book seeks to help decision-makers draw lessons from existing studies and to identify priorities for further research.      


Asia, Sub-Saharah Africa, North America, Latin America, Ocenia Climate change Climate policy and refugee/asylum policy Displacements of populations Effects of changes in environment and migration Environment/migration nexus Environmental issues Extreme weather events IOM IPCC's reports Internal and international migration flows Living in urban areas Migration and environmental change Regional climate change forecast Regional consulvative processes on migration Regional policy perspectives

Editors and affiliations

  • Etienne Piguet
    • 1
  • Frank Laczko
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.Migration Research DivisionInternational Organization for MigrationGeneva 19Switzerland

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“People on the Move in a Changing Climate provides a timely synthesis of this literature, with contributions authored by some of the leading authorities in the field. The volume appears to be primarily intended for policymakers, but it may also constitute a useful assessment of the current knowledge, gaps, and possible future developments for interested researchers and advanced students.” (Benoit Mayer, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (APMJ), Vol. 23 (3), 2014)