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Local Expert Perceptions of Migration as a Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh

Stojanov, R; Kelman, I; Ullah, AKM; Duží, B; Procházka, D; Blahůtová, K; (2016) Local Expert Perceptions of Migration as a Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh. Sustainability , 8 (12) p. 1223. 10.3390/su8121223. Green open access

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Abstract

People have long migrated for many reasons, often with a combination of forced and voluntary reasons combining to push them away from current situations and to pull them towards new situations. Bangladesh is one example where environmental changes have long been amongst the multitude of reasons for migrating, with contemporary climate change suggested as a major impetus towards more migration. This paper examines local expert perceptions of migration as a climate change adaptation strategy for Bangladeshis. Seventeen in-depth interviews were conducted with local experts in Bangladesh and Assam (India) on environmental change and migration to understand the perspectives of those with formal education and expert-related jobs who come from the areas being directly affected by Bangladeshi migration. Findings show that local experts consider that migration is used and will be used for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh, but migration is not solely for climate change adaptation, instead interweaving with all other factors influencing migration-related decisions.

Type: Article
Title: Local Expert Perceptions of Migration as a Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/su8121223
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su8121223
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
Keywords: adaptation; Bangladesh; climate change; climate migration; environmental migration; India; migrants
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531166
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