Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights by Thomas FaistDisentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights by Thomas Faist

Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights

byThomas FaistEditorJeanette Schade

Paperback | February 8, 2015

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This book addresses environmental and climate change induced migration from the vantage point of migration studies, offering a broad spectrum of approaches for considering the environment/climate/migration nexus. Research on the subject is still frequently narrowed down to climate change vulnerability and the environmental push factor. The book establishes the interconnections between societal and environmental vulnerability, and migration and capability, allowing appreciation of migration in the frame of climate as a case of spatial and social mobility, that is, as a strategy of persons and groups to deal with a grossly unequal distribution of life chances across the world. In their introduction, the editors fan out the current debate and state the need to transcend predominantly policy-oriented approaches to migration. The first section of the volume focuses on "Methodologies and Methods" and presents very distinct approaches to think climate induced migration. Subsequent chapters explore the sensitivity of existing migration flows to climate change in Ghana and Bangladesh, the complex relationship between migration, demographic change and coping capacities in Canada, methodological challenges of a household survey on the significance of migration and remittances for adaptation in the Hindu Kush region and an econometric study of the aftermath of the 1998 floods in Bangladesh. The second part, "Areas of Concern: Politics and Human Rights", deepens the analysis of discourses as well as of the implications of proposed and implemented policies. Contributors discuss such topics as environmental migration as a multi-causal problem, climate migration as a consequence in an alarmist discourse and climate migration as a solution. A study of an integrated relocation program in Papua New Guinea is followed by chapters on the promise and the flaws of planned relocation policy, global policy on protection of environmental migrants including both internally displaced peoples and those who cross international borders. A concluding chapter places human agency at centre stage and explores the interplay between human rights, capability and migration.
Title:Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:259 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:February 8, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400794142

ISBN - 13:9789400794146

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The climate-migration nexus: A reorientation

Thomas Faist and Jeanette Schade

Part I: Methodologies and Methods

2 Migration and climate change: Toward an integrated assessment of sensitivity

Richard Black, Dominic Kniveton and Kerstin Schmidt-Verkerk

3 How demographic change and migration influence community-level adaptation to climate change: Examples from rural eastern Ontario and Nunavut, Canada

Robert McLeman and James Ford

4 A methodology for assessing patterns of labour migration in mountain communities exposed to water hazards

Soumyadeep Banerjee, Jean-Yves Gerlitz and Dominic Kniveton

5 Which household characteristics help mitigate the effects of extreme weather events? Evidence from the 1998 floods in Bangladesh

Tanvir Ahmed Uddin

Part II: Areas of concern: Politics and human rights

6 Defining environmental migration in the climate change era: Problem, consequence or solution?

Chloé Anne Vlassopoulos

7 Challenges and pitfalls of resettlement - Pacific experiences

Volker Böge

8 Climate change and planned relocation: Risks and a proposal for safeguards

Jeanette Schade

9 Disasters, displacement and protection: Challenges, shortcomings and ways forward

Megan Bradley and Roberta Cohen

Part III: Conclusion

10 Entitlements, capabilities and human rights

Jeanette Schade