Environmental Disasters and Migration

17 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015

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Linguère Mbaye

IZA

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Abstract

This paper reviews the effect of environmental disasters on migration. Although there is an increase of environmental disasters and migration over the past years, the relationship is complex. While some authors find that environmental disasters increase migration, others show that they have only a marginal or no effect or are even negative. Migration appears to be an insurance mechanism against environmental shocks. Remittances help to decrease households' vulnerability to shocks but also dampen their adverse effects. Finally, we discuss policy implications and future research avenues.

Keywords: environmental shocks, forced migration, remittances, migration as insurance, floods, earthquakes, droughts

JEL Classification: J61, O15, Q54, Q56

Suggested Citation

Mbaye, Linguère and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Environmental Disasters and Migration. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9349, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672135

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