Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific

Publication | March 2012

Climate change will increase the frequency of extreme weather events, making more geographic places inhospitable to human habitation and secure livelihoods. This report presents a detailed picture of the potential impacts of climate change on migration in Asia and the Pacific. It draws upon a wealth of research to provide policy makers with informed analysis of an emerging phenomenon requiring urgent attention by governments and the international community. The report also suggests that climate-induced migration should be seen not only as a threat to human well-being but also as a potential tool to promote human adaptation to climate change.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Assessing the Evidence
    • Methodological Issues and Caveats
    • Migration Patterns
    • Climate Change Impacts
    • How Climate Change Will Affect Migration
  • Part II: Addressing the Issue
    • Framing Climate-Induced Migration in a Development Agenda
    • Strengthening Adaptation Through Migration
    • Improving the Knowledge Base
    • International Cooperation
    • Funding Climate-Induced Migration
    • Recommendations
    • Conclusion
  • Bibliography