The Security Risks of Climate Change Displacement in Bangladesh

Ben Saul

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

August 29, 2012

Journal of Human Security, Forthcoming
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/58

Bangladesh is often depicted as the epicentre of the migration/security nexus, with tens of millions of ‘climate refugees’ potentially inducing ‘climate wars’ in the alarmist scenario. This article interrogates whether, and to what extent, climate change-related movement in Bangladesh may give rise to three commonly suggested security risks: transnational security risks in relation to neighboring countries; and domestic security risks of radicalization and social conflict over resources. This article is a modest effort to ground consideration of the links between climate change displacement and security threats in a concrete case study. In doing so, it aims to test the prevailing assumptions in the literature against social realities on the ground, acknowledging security risks where they exist, and deflating those that are overblown.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: migration, displacement, climate change, Bangladesh, security, terrorism

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

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Date posted: August 29, 2012 ; Last revised: October 19, 2014

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Saul, Ben, The Security Risks of Climate Change Displacement in Bangladesh (August 29, 2012). Journal of Human Security, Forthcoming; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/58. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2138006

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The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
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