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Climate-influenced migration in Bangladesh: the need for a policy realignment

Martin, M; Kang, YH; Billah, M; Siddiqui, T; Black, R; Kniveton, D; (2017) Climate-influenced migration in Bangladesh: the need for a policy realignment. Development Policy Review , 35 (S2) O357-O379. 10.1111/dpr.12260. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent research into migration in Bangladesh has highlighted that people migrate for better livelihoods, not necessarily in response to climatic stresses and shocks. If facilitated appropriately, internal and international migration can help build adaptive capacity to future environmental and climatic hazards. In this framing, migration happens in the context of a growing city-centred economy that promotes remittances to villages. However, a textual analysis of current and recent policies concerning climate change, development and poverty alleviation, and disaster management shows that the economic and adaptive roles of internal migration are often not included in policy framing. We argue that if migration works as a positive step towards adaptation, then the key challenge is to align the policies with this new understanding.

Type: Article
Title: Climate-influenced migration in Bangladesh: the need for a policy realignment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12260
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12260
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1563433
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