What is Climate's Impact on Migration? A Look Beyond the Headlines
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- CHANGE Philanthropy
- Colorado Association of Funders
- Environmental Grantmakers Association
- Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- Hispanics in Philanthropy
- National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- Northern California Grantmakers
- Peace and Security Funders Group
- Philanthropy New York
- Southern California Grantmakers
- Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders
- United Philanthropy Forum
The terms ‘climate migration’ and ‘climate refugee’ are increasingly seen across headlines. Less clear is how, why, and to what extent the impacts of climate change actually drive migration and influence the experience of migrants and refugees. Scholars, scientists, and policymakers are working to disentangle the primary climate impacts, such as rising air temperatures and sea-levels, from the secondary climate impacts, including drought and agricultural pests, and traditional drivers of migration and displacement. In all corners of the world, environmental factors are found to drive or augment the dynamics of migration and immobility, such as internal migration in the Mekong Delta, displacement in Syria, immigration from Pacific Rim island states, relocation of remote Arctic communities, and seasonal migration patterns across North and Central America. Policymakers at the international stage are working with increasing urgency to address the growing risks and impacts of climate change on migrants and refugees who lack legal protection for climate-induced scenarios. While at the domestic and local-level, policymakers are just beginning to take notice of how climate change will cause substantial human displacement over the coming decades.
This call will explore the climate science and policy issues impacting migration, displacement, and relocation both domestically and internationally; address opportunities to support climate migrants and refugees, while also working to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and explore funder approaches to synthesizing services for immigrants and refugees with efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa; Global Fellow, Wilson Center; and Member Scholar, Center for Progressive Reform
- David Flores, Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform
- John Slocum, Independent Consultant and Visiting Researcher, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)
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- In Search of Refuge: Pacific Islands, Climate-Induced Migration, and the Legal Frontier, Maxine Burkett, East-West Center, January 2001.
A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.
Posted July 21, 2017 • Revised August 8, 2017