How will climate change impact migration?

What will you learn about in this series? Our experts Dr. François Gemenne, Dr. Caroline Zickgraf, and Dr. Yvonne Su and youth activists introduce some of the main themes.

‘Climate migrants’ or ‘climate refugees’? A look at the labels

What terms should we use for those moving due to climate or environmental changes? Our three experts give an overview of the labels and their takes on which make most sense.

What can Typhoon Haiyan teach us about climate change and displacement?

What was the response to the strongest storm ever recorded? Yvonne describes the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan crisis and the nature of the displacement faced by Tacloban residents.

What risks do climate migrants face in cities?

In what ways are migrants particularly vulnerable? Caroline and François explain how cities can use climate action both to help the environment and integrate migrants.

Does climate change cause migration? Understanding the links

How are climate change and migration linked? Our experts discuss the many reasons why someone may choose or be forced to migrate and how they are influenced by climate change.

How does climate change influence mobility?

Is it migration if it’s within the same neighborhood? Caroline and François explain why “mobility” is a useful umbrella term that encapsulates forced displacement and voluntary migration.

How can migration be used to respond to climate change?

Can migration be part of the solution rather than just a sign of the problem? François and Caroline explain how migration can be anticipated and organized to respond to climatic and environmental changes.

How can young people get involved with climate activism?

How can people join the movement? Yvonne and youth climate activists from seven countries around the globe give specific examples for how others can take action and explain why it’s so important.

How many people will migrate because of climate change?

What do we know about the numbers? Caroline, Yvonne, and François explain why it’s not so simple to make predictions about how many people may migrate for climate-related reasons.

What can Senegal teach us about climate migration?

Is it economic or environmental migration? Caroline shares her research into a neighborhood of St. Louis, Senegal, with fishermen who temporarily migrate to neighboring Mauritania to preserve their livelihoods.

What is our responsibility to climate migrants?

Who is responsible for ‘climate migrants’? François gives an overview of what protection is already available and how to frame responsibility as cooperation rather than obligation.

What can COVID-19 restrictions teach us about climate migration?

Will lockdowns and travel restrictions make people more empathetic toward climate migrants? Our three experts share their thoughts on how the pandemic has highlighted our reliance on mobility.

These videos were produced by Migration Matters e.V. and are part of an interactive open online course that invites refugees and non-refugee students from all over Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to learn together in an interactive, online classroom as part of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project.
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