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Human Migration and Displacement


A reading from ‘The Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene’ by The Center for Climate and Security on human migration and displacement caused by climate change. It describes the impacts of climate change on voluntary and forced human migration and displacement through examples from South Asia, the Middle East and western China.

Students will learn about the key drivers and impacts of climate change that influence migration and displacement. They will also understand the role of climate change in increasing the likelihood of regional conflict.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does climate change affect migration and displacement?
  2. What are the reasons behind involuntary and voluntary migration and displacement?
  3. What are the four drivers of migration that result from climate change?
  4. What role does climate change play in the likelihood of regional conflict?
About Tool
Tool Name Migration and Displacement in a Changing Climate
Discipline Social Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Human Migration, Environmental Migration, Climate Refugees, War, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Displacement, Conflict, Security Studies
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global, South Asia, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, China
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Robert McLeman in Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene eds Caitlin E. Werrell and Francesco Femia
Hosted at The Center for Climate and Security 
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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