Fostering migration as an adaptation strategy for climate change

Bauer, Steffen / Benjamin Schraven
Externe Publikationen (2018)

in: Diplomatisches Magazin 2 (2), 34-37


Climate change is real, and it is increasingly affecting people in developing and emerging countries. Fears have been mounting in the Global North that climate change could produce millions of ‘climate refugees’ fleeing to Europe or North America. However, social science research on the effects of global warming on human mobility suggests that migration is neither an inevitable nor a critical consequence per se of climate change. Instead, migration can also be a useful adaptation strategy.

About the authors

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist


Schraven, Benjamin

Political Scientist


Further experts

Chan, Sander

Enviroment Policy 

Kuhn, Sascha

Social Psychologist 

Malerba, Daniele


Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Keil, Jonas


Fuhrmann, Hanna


Yu, Lu

Agricultural Economist 

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Grabert, Margarita

Environmental Economics 

Trautner, Bernhard

Political Scientist 

Brandi, Clara

Economist and Political Scientist 

Iacobuta, Gabriela

Environmental Researcher 

Kuhnt, Jana

Development Economist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Pegels, Anna


Schöfberger, Irene

Human geographer