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Disaster Displacement and Environmental Migration

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People have moved in response to environmental hazards throughout history. However, climate change is currently increasing the intensity and severity of many hazards, as well as related migration pressures. Estimates show that approximately 20 million people are displaced each year by disasters (IDMC, 2022). Weather-related events contribute the most to such displacement. For each group that is forcibly displaced, there is a group that is unable to move. DRR initiatives at the international, national and local level have a role to play in mitigating the pressures of environmental migration – as do alternatives such as climate mobility plans or planned relocations (Dhingra and Ferris, 2022). Currently, governments are underprepared (and lack support) for the challenges posed by climate migration. Moreover, the impacts of disaster displacement are distributed unevenly across the globe. This seminar will explore some of these challenges, and the work being done by practitioners and academics to address them.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Disaster Research Network series.

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