Exploring migration and demographic patterns in Arctic communities

Authors: Jochen Wirsing*,
Topics: Polar Regions, Rural Geography, Migration
Keywords: Arctic, Migration, Demography, Alaska, Greenland, Nunavut, Polar
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Mineral Hall D/E, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
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Rapid climate change has already begun to affect various aspects of life across the globe. As the Arctic shows the

most rapid changes in climate, and is affected by serious impacts first, and can be seen as model for potential

future reactions of populations to their changing environments. Previous research has demonstrated that the

culturally and historically comparable populations of Alaska, Greenland, and Nunavut show very different patterns

of migration. This paper discusses several potential explanations for the different migratory behavior and

demographic development in each of the regions.

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