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Issue Brief No. 6 Environment Migration: Security Implication of Climate Change

6 April 2011

Climate change is expected to dramatically alter the environment in certain parts of the world and lead to further migration. Thus far, environmental migration has been confined to relatively short distances within the home country or to neighboring countries.

When migration is modest and gradual, security risks are minimal, as the receiving country can easily absorb the influx of people. However, climate change will cause migration to reach new levels, becoming more definite and long-range, directed to distant countries. As a consequence, both the developing world, the global south, and the developed world, the global north, will face new security risks and socio-economic challenges, ranging from resource scarcity to conflict. This Issue Brief looks at the impact of climate change on migration and the implications of environmental migration for migrant receiving and sending societies.

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Experts on this report

Director of the Strategic Futures Program

Erik Frinking

Erik Frinking is the Director of the Strategic Futures Program at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University.

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Strategic Analyst

Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.


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