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ESF-Bielefeld Conference Series on "Environmental Degradation, Conflict and Forced Migration"

A new conference series on "Environmental Degradation, Conflict and Forced Migration" will explore the causal relationship between environmental damage and forced migration as well as the correlation of both phenomena to conflict and their repercussions. The series, organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Bielefeld University and its Center for Interdisciplinary Research, started in 2010, with three consecutive biennial conferences.(ESF-ZiF-UniBi Partnership)

The first conference, titled "Environmental Change and Migration: From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities", took place December 5 to 9, 2010. It focused on how environmental change impacts the interplay between vulnerabilities on the one hand and capabilities on the other hand, and how this relationship affects mobility patterns.

As climate change increases vulnerability, experts and observers in the mass media have claimed that this vulnerability will be a major factor driving future migration flows, particularly in the global south. But as plausible as this argument may be, it neglects the fact that migration may not function simply as an expression of vulnerability but also of capability. Under certain circumstances, migrant remittances can serve to increase life-chances indirectly by insuring households against risks such as crop failure or other forms of income loss. Moreover, migration may open new possibilities for migrants to earn a living. The 2010 conference was meant to shed light on environmentally induced migration by integrating a capabilities perspective into current debates.

We thank the Federal Environment Ministry and the German Academic Exchange Service for its support, which facilitated the participation of junior and senior researchers from the global south.

ESF-ZiF-UniBi research conference "Environmental Change and Migration"

For further information visit the links below.

Concept Note

Call for Papers

Conference Report

Flyer and Poster

For additional information visit the ESF website.

 

Conference related publications

Ivanka Angelova), Communications Officer for the ESF Conferences, has written an article – based on an interview with Thomas Faist – about the conferences series:
View article 

View ESF Research Conferences Newsletter No.2

 

List of COMCAD working papers

Boege, Volker: Challenges and Pitfalls of Resettlement Measures: Experiences in the Pacific Region. Working Papaer 102/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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de Moor, Nicole: Labour Migration for Vulnerable Communities: A Strategy to Adapt to a Changing Environment. Working Paper 101/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Bobylev, Nikolai: Environmental Change and Migration: Governmental Compensation Policies to Natural Disasters Victims and Urbanization Process: A Case Study of Wildfires in Russian Federation in 2010. Working Paper 100/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Akegbejo-Samsons, Yemi: People and Culture: Evolving a Model for Water Resources Management and Sustainable Livelihood in Africa. Working Paper 99/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Dutta, Priyanka: Migration as Source of Risk-aversion Among the Environmental Refugees: the Case of Women Displaced by Erosion of the River Ganga in the Malda District of West Bengal, India. Working Paper 98/2011, COMCAD - Center on Mogration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Arthur, Jones Lewis and Irene Akyaa Yeboah: Movement Under Environmental Disasters: The Case of Flooding and Bushfires for Selected Periods in Ghana. Working Paper 97/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Mallick, Bishawjit: Migration as an Adaptation Strategy and Its Consequences on Coastal Society: Experience from Bangladesh. Working Paper 96/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Muradyan, Vahagn: Application of Novel Technologies When Assessing and Modeling Ecological Situation for In-region Migration of Local People. Working Paper 95/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Butardo-Toribio, Maria Zita: Land, Livelihood, Poverty: Assessment of Selected Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Community Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change. Working Paper 94/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Al-Mansur, Raiyan: Assessment of Social Protection as a Form of Capabilities to Reduce Climate Change Vulnerabilities: Public Sectors Initiatives of Bangladesh. Working Paper 93/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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Coniglio, Nicola D. and Giovanni Pesce: Climate Variability, Extreme Weather Events and International Migration. Working Paper 92/2011, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld.
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