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A climate of exclusion? Environmental migration, political marginalization and violence

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Abstract Despite alarmist claims in the public discourse about the consequences of environmentally-induced migration for security, little empirical research has attempted to evaluate the contention. This dissertation, therefore, sets out to examine the linkage between environmental change, rural-urban migration, and nativist violence. To do so, it presents new data on rural-urban migration for 17 Sub-Saharan African countries. The findings unambiguously indicate that climate change does affect rural-urban migration flows, but only to a limited extent. In turn, these migratory flows may cause a moderate increase in the probability of nativist violence, particularly when the native population is marginalized by the central government. The findings, thus, reject the alarmist predictions. Climate change is unlikely to cause mass migration and, as a consequence, to substantially destabilize states.
Keywords Climate ChangeMigrationNativist ViolenceDisaster-Induced MigrationAfrica
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-1050733
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COTTIER, Fabien. A climate of exclusion? Environmental migration, political marginalization and violence. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2018. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:105073

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