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The Security Risks of Climate Change Displacement in Bangladesh

Journal of Human Security, Forthcoming

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/58

24 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2012 Last revised: 19 Oct 2014

Ben Saul

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: August 29, 2012

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2138006

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Australia

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