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Climate change, mobility and resettlement: Policies and conflict in the Pacific Islands

Weber, Eberhard (2016) Climate change, mobility and resettlement: Policies and conflict in the Pacific Islands. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Climate change has the potential to trigger large migration flows. Atolls, coastal areas and low lying river deltas / estuaries are particularly exposed to climate change impacts. In countries such as Bangladesh huge populations are threatened not only by sea-level rise, but also by other impacts such as intensifying tropical cyclones. Also islands in the Pacific are severely exposed. In extreme cases entire states can become inhabitable and then challenges of unprecedented dimensions come up when entire states disappear. People living in these states need to resettle to other countries. The paper uncovers political discourses about resettlement as they emerge on national and international fora. It looks at historical case studies of environmentally induced mobility. Based on these case studies the paper reflects on challenges that relate to international movement as a result of climate change and small-scale local relocations in Pacific Island countries. Besides new insights in climate change migration and resettlement the paper also discusses appropriate methods to conduct research on such issues.

    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; mobility, resettlement, Pacific Islands
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    K Law > KZ Law of Nations
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 15:15
    Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 15:15

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