Governing Environmentally-Related Migration in Bangladesh: Responsibilities, Security and the Causality Problem

22(2) Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (2013), 177-198

22 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2014

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Benoit Mayer

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law

Ingrid Boas

VU University Amsterdam

J Ewing

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Alice Baillat

Sciences Po

Uttam Kumar Das

South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies

Date Written: September 1, 2013

Abstract

Environmentally-related migration is often cited as one of the human consequences of environmental stress, especially in the context of climate change. Nonetheless, there is a lack of effective and appropriate governance strategies that address the issue due to the complex and multicausal character of environmentally-related migration and the tendency to discuss the issue through security-based discourses that favor alarmist narratives. This paper suggests alternative approaches in responding to environmentally-related migration that seek to avoid these pitfalls. Through the case of Bangladesh, this paper illustrates the need to form cross-sectoral governance policies that avoid oversimplifying environmentally-related migration. Specifically, the paper highlights the limits and dangers of the security-based framework to environmentally-related migration and calls for policy coordination as a potential pathway forward.

Keywords: Environmental Migration, governance, multicausality, security, Bangladesh

Suggested Citation

Mayer, Benoit and Boas, Ingrid and Ewing, John and Baillat, Alice and Das, Uttam Kumar, Governing Environmentally-Related Migration in Bangladesh: Responsibilities, Security and the Causality Problem (September 1, 2013). 22(2) Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (2013), 177-198. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495997

Benoit Mayer (Contact Author)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Ingrid Boas

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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John Ewing

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) ( email )

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Singapore

Alice Baillat

Sciences Po ( email )

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France

Uttam Kumar Das

South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies ( email )

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Road No. 5, Dhanmondi Residential Area
Dhaka, 1205
Bangladesh

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