Fostering migration as an adaptation strategy for climate change

Bauer, Steffen / Benjamin Schraven
External Publications (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

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Binkert, Eva

Political Science 

Brandi, Clara

Economy and Political Science 

Chan, Sander

Enviroment Policy 

Dippel, Beatrice


Flaig, Merlin

Social Science 

Frucht, Lukas


Fuhrmann, Hanna


Hägele, Ramona

Political Scientist 

Iacobuta, Gabriela

Environmental Researcher 

Kuhn, Sascha

Social Psychology 

Kuhnt, Jana

Development Economist 

Lehmann, Ina

Political Scientist 

Malerba, Daniele


Martin-Shields, Charles

Political Scientist 

Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Pegels, Anna


Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo

Ecological Economist 

Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

Agricultural Economist 

Trautner, Bernhard

Political Science