Making Migration Work for Adaptation. A Belgian Appraisal.

Authors: Sara Vigil*, University of Li├Ęge
Topics: Migration, Development, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Migration, Forced Displacement, Environment, Adaptation, Maladaptation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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In the dichotomy between migrants and refugees/asylum-seekers, the former are typically cast as economically motivated, and set apart from refugees fleeing war and persecution. Yet environmental changes are increasingly a part of migration journeys calling into question the distinction made between migrants and refugees. At the same time, in international negotiations on climate change, migration is increasingly presented as a possible adaptation strategy to the impacts of climate change. However, only few studies exist to show under which conditions migration could actually work for adaptation, and none of them address migration to Belgium. This is the goal of the MIGRADAPT project. This paper sets the theoretical framework of this project which is delineated into two major components; 1) To analyse the role of environmental factors as influencing the drivers for migration throughout migrants fragmented journeys (with a particular attention to perceptions), and 2) To understand under which conditions migrants in Belgium can support the adaptation and resilience of their communities of origin.

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