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Migration and Environmental Change

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This Research Topic focusses on the environmental dimensions of human migration. How environmental change may affect migration flows within and across borders is a growing debate within academic and policy literature. One main challenge in this debate is to disentangle environment-related factors from traditional drivers of migration. Moreover, the longer studied impacts of migration on environmental change continue to be subject of a growing debate in the literature, adding to the aforementioned challenge. The migration-environment causation has been shown to be particularly true in regions on the development frontiers, where governments often provide incentives for developing economic activities, leading to land-use change and, consequently, climate change. As time passes by, however, is there a change in that causation direction, i.e. does environmental change lead people to migrate? How should we bring any such confounding effects to bear?

- How Migration affects environmental change: one main interest in this subject is how migration affects deforestation and/or reforestation, as well as the resulting impacts on climate change;

- How environmental change affects migration: we are interested in the push and pull factors of the environment on migration flows. Long and short-term environmental change can have direct and indirect impacts on the willingness to migrate, for example, by affecting socioeconomic conditions or climate amenities.

We welcome research on (but not limited to);

• Migration and deforestation-reforestation dynamics;
• Climate change, the economy and migration;
• Short term (natural disasters) versus long term environmental change and environmental refugees;
• Climate amenities and migration;
• Mechanisms to mitigate environmental change related to migration.


Keywords: Migration, Environment, Climate Change, Deforestation, Reforestation, Refugees


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

This Research Topic focusses on the environmental dimensions of human migration. How environmental change may affect migration flows within and across borders is a growing debate within academic and policy literature. One main challenge in this debate is to disentangle environment-related factors from traditional drivers of migration. Moreover, the longer studied impacts of migration on environmental change continue to be subject of a growing debate in the literature, adding to the aforementioned challenge. The migration-environment causation has been shown to be particularly true in regions on the development frontiers, where governments often provide incentives for developing economic activities, leading to land-use change and, consequently, climate change. As time passes by, however, is there a change in that causation direction, i.e. does environmental change lead people to migrate? How should we bring any such confounding effects to bear?

- How Migration affects environmental change: one main interest in this subject is how migration affects deforestation and/or reforestation, as well as the resulting impacts on climate change;

- How environmental change affects migration: we are interested in the push and pull factors of the environment on migration flows. Long and short-term environmental change can have direct and indirect impacts on the willingness to migrate, for example, by affecting socioeconomic conditions or climate amenities.

We welcome research on (but not limited to);

• Migration and deforestation-reforestation dynamics;
• Climate change, the economy and migration;
• Short term (natural disasters) versus long term environmental change and environmental refugees;
• Climate amenities and migration;
• Mechanisms to mitigate environmental change related to migration.


Keywords: Migration, Environment, Climate Change, Deforestation, Reforestation, Refugees


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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12 May 2021 Abstract
31 August 2021 Manuscript

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12 May 2021 Abstract
31 August 2021 Manuscript

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