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Climate Change Refugees and Public Health Implications

  • Michele K. DevlinEmail author
  • Mark A. Grey
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Climate Change Refugees or Environmental Migrants

Climate change and severe weather events are displacing people in growing numbers. The link among climate change, severe weather events, and long-term population shifts is increasingly receiving attention from human rights, migration, public health, security, economic, and other global professional sectors. Environmentally induced migration involves “persons who, predominantly for reasons of sudden and progressive change in the environment that adversely affects their lives or living conditions, are obliged to leave their habitual homes, or chose to do so, either temporarily or permanently, and who move either within their country or abroad” (IOM 2007). Within this context, people may be forced to leave their homes to save their lives because of an environmental emergency. Their migration may be environmentally forced to avoid “environmental deterioration with rapid-onset hazards.” Environmentally motivated migrantsmay...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Zeman
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  1. 1.HRCS/COE and RRTTC/CHASUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA