Governing Migration in the Era of Climate Change
A project that looks at the effects climate change is having on migration, and proposes policies to equitably manage climate-affected migration
About the Project
Climate change will greatly impact livelihoods globally, with spill over effects on migration patterns. Most of this migration will be internal, but some people will cross borders. In both cases, preparations are vital and can be undertaken now. This project, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, combines research and convening to understand the current situation and propose future paths.

Climate change will result in more slow- and sudden-onset disasters. People in low- and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to these disasters, and those dependent on agriculture most of all. Some of these people will need to move, most likely internally and regionally, to find more productive livelihoods elsewhere.

Migration is not an inherently negative outcome. Access to less climate-affected labour markets can allow migrants to send remittances back home. Such remittances can support consumption needs, and even facilitate climate adaptation and increased resilience to future climate shocks.

For this to happen, better migration policy is needed. Policymakers in low- and middle-income countries need to ensure they plan for an increase in rural-urban migration; alleviate the risks associated with ‘distress migration’; and reduce the barriers to regional free movement. And they must be supported in these efforts by the international community, especially with adaptation finance and capacity building.

Funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, this project focuses on the inter-connections between climate change, migration, and mediating factors, proposing policy options that can improve the adaptation and resilience-building impacts of migration.

Blogs

  • A Look Back at Climate Migration Policy in 2022
    In Australia and elsewhere, more and more homes are becoming uninsurable due to hazards intensified by climate change. This is a s...
  • Solving The Global Green Skills Crisis Requires a New Mobility Paradigm
    COP27, just concluded in Sharm El-Sheikh, was dubbed the ‘implementation COP’ by its Egyptian hosts. But it’s very difficult to im...
  • Is There Any Point Defining a ‘Climate Migrant’?
    We know that climate change will alter migration patterns and increase movement in some places. But despite hundreds, if not thous...
  • What Satellite Data Can (And Can’t) Tell Us About Climate-Affected Migration
    Datasets that have integrated migration and climate data are hard to come by. The Terrapops project, for example, provides extract...
  • Gulf Migration in a Climate Change Future
    Migrants also contribute massively to their home economies: in 2020, migrant workers’ transfers home made the United Arab Emirates...
  • The Green Transition Needs More Skilled Workers
    In this piece, we explore how training combined with mobility could play a big role in creating the required skills needed— and we...
  • Climate Migration at the 2022 International Migration Review Forum
    Last week, the first-ever International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) took place in New York. The follow-up to the 2018 summit hel...
  • How Can the UK Better Facilitate Environmental Migration?
    Amelia Dal Pra et al.
    We know that one of the main impacts of climate change will be an increase in all forms of mobility around the world. People will ...

Publications

  • Recommendations for the UK to Respond to Environmental Migration
    Amelia Dal Pra et al.
    The Bay of Bengal, the Sahel, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are especially vulnerable to the impacts of slow-onset cli...
  • Environmental Migration: Recommendations for the UK Government
    The impact of climate change, environmental degradation, and disasters on migration and human mobility is receiving more and more ...

Events

Climate Change and Migration
Climate change is a global challenge that among other things leads to more people being on the move. In recent years, global commitments have paid increasing attention to the links...
  • Climate Change and Migration
    Climate change is a global challenge that among other things leads to more people being on the move. In recent years, global commi...

Contact

For more information, contact shuckstep@cgdev.org

Contact

For more information, contact shuckstep@cgdev.org

Experts

Helen Dempster
Helen Dempster is a policy fellow and assistant director for the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program at the Center for Global Development. Prior to joinin...
Michael Clemens
Michael Clemens is director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies the economic effects...
Parth Khare
Parth is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Global Development. He has 8 years of experience in developing AI-driven, big data solutions with the Government of India, mu...
Reva Resstack
Reva Resstack was a research assistant working with Michael Clemens and Thomas Ginn, supporting their work on migration and displacement. Before joining CGD, Resstack worked as an ...
Samuel Huckstep
Sam Huckstep is a research assistant working with Helen Dempster within the Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy programme, with a particular focus on the relationship b...

Experts

  • Helen Dempster
    Helen Dempster is a policy fellow and assistant director for the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program at the Center for Global Development. Prior to joinin...
  • Michael Clemens
    Michael Clemens is director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies the economic effects...
  • Parth Khare
    Parth is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Global Development. He has 8 years of experience in developing AI-driven, big data solutions with the Government of India, mu...
  • Reva Resstack
    Reva Resstack was a research assistant working with Michael Clemens and Thomas Ginn, supporting their work on migration and displacement. Before joining CGD, Resstack worked as an ...
  • Samuel Huckstep
    Sam Huckstep is a research assistant working with Helen Dempster within the Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy programme, with a particular focus on the relationship b...

Acknowledgments

CGD would like to acknowledge the generous support and engagement of the Robert Bosch Foundation.