Fleeing Flooding: Asia and the Pacific

  • Lawrence A. Palinkas


Asia accounts for seven of the world’s ten countries most vulnerable to climate change. Bangladesh alone has had 70 climate-related natural disasters in the past 10 years. Island nations such as the Maldives and Vanuatu are at risk of being submerged due to rising sea levels. The number of people at risk in Asian coastal cities could rise from 300 million to 410 million by 2025. Population shifts will have significant implications for the Asia-Pacific region, straining infrastructure capacities and economic resources and creating new social challenges associated with changing community demographics. This chapter documents where relocation is happening and why, as well as the public health impacts of relocation on migrants, their communities of origin, and host communities and countries. Efforts of some countries to negotiate the purchase of land in other countries for resettlement purposes are described, as well as the efforts of national and international organizations to respond to this growing crisis.


Sea level rise Flooding Planned relocation Adaptation Extreme weather events Cyclones 


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  • Lawrence A. Palinkas
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  1. 1.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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