New Publication: Climate migration myths

Dr. Delf Rothe

How will global warming affect global migration patterns? In large parts of the public and political discourse the answer to this question seems to be clear: climate change will lead to a massive increase of migration. In a recent comment published in Nature Climate Change a group of international scholars, including IFSH researcher Delf Rothe, deconstructs this dominant belief about climate-induced mass migration. A securitized approach to climate-migration could lead to dangerous policy-solutions – such as increasing border control. The researchers instead make the case for a “climate mobilities” lens – one that accounts for the complexities of climate change and migration linkages.

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