Policy Briefs

The Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series seeks to contribute to the current global knowledge base by providing reliable and precise information on the topic of migration and environmental change, including climate change. Its objective is also to present related and appropriate policy options by identifying recommendations, good practices and lessons learned to harness the positive impacts of migration in adapting to environmental changes.

The Policy Brief Series is a reader-friendly online publication intended for policymakers and other stakeholders working in the field of migration, environment and climate change adaptation policies.







Policy Brief Series Issue 4: Returning home after Fukushima

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Displacement due to disasters is on the rise globally. The 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, followed by the Fukushima nuclear accident, displaced internally more than 150,000 persons. Four years later, many of these evacuees remain displaced, unable or hesitant to return home, due to radiological and social consequences caused by the disaster.

Drawing on two research projects, this policy brief seeks to examine the case of Fukushima evacuees, with special focus on the question of return, and attempts to make policy recommendations specifically tailored for the nuclear displacement. It explores ways in which genuine durable solutions can be found for their case in line with international protection guidelines for internally displaced persons.  


Policy Brief Series Issue 3: Migration and Natural Resource Scarcity within the Context of Climate Variability in West Africa

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Migration – internal and international – is an important feature of the social lives of people across West Africa. While movements within the subregion are generally due to complex and multi-causal factors, natural resource scarcity has served to influence movements especially in rural areas. Drawing from research in rural north-western Benin, this policy brief looks at the effect of migration on the in-land fisheries subsector and emphasizes the need for effective participation of all stakeholders in the management of natural resources to improve livelihoods in the region facing population growth and climate variability.


Policy Brief Series Issue 2: Remittances and disaster: Policy implications for disaster risk management

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Remittances sent to low-income countries have been noticeably increasing, and for the households of these countries, remittances often represent an important source of income. During and after disasters, remittances may become even more important to deal with emergency and recovery needs.

Drawing on a research project based in Samoa and New Zealand, this Brief provides potential policy options to integrate remittances within current disaster risk management practices. This Brief identifies the need to take into account remittance flows when designing and implementing post-disaster interventions as well as some policy measures adopted during disasters that occurred in Samoa and in other countries, and which could be replicated in other comparable settings. This Brief calls for a better understanding of the role and impacts of remittances for both receivers and senders, and also calls for greater collaboration between governments, aid agencies and the private sector.
The release of this issue is timely, considering the wide acknowledgement of increasing importance of remittances in building community resilience and facilitating disaster recovery in the draft document, to be approved at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14–18 March 2015).



Policy Brief Series Issue 1: Livelihoods Under Stress: Critical Assets and Mobility Outcomes in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam

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Global environmental change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, as reflected by the increasing numbers of related policies and interventions. This policy brief seeks to contribute to the discourse with findings and reflections based on empirical research from the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam (Chun, 2014), by advocating for a holistic approach to adaptation and resilience-building; one acknowledging the complex nature of vulnerability and mobility processes and outcomes in contexts of environmental stress.