MECLEP Infographics on Migration as Adaptation to Environmental and Climate Change

The degradation of the ecosystem and natural disasters are key drivers of migration and displacement. Different factors determine the level of success of mobility, mostly internal but also international, as an adaptation strategy in the face of adverse impacts of environmental and climate change. Among those factors, some of the most salient are: the quality and the quantity of economic, social and geographical resources available for migrating, the level of vulnerability at the place of origin and of the community left behind, the political and economic situation of the host country and the type of policies that regulate mobility. 

The following five infographics aim to contribute to the global knowledge base on the relationship between migration and environmental change by outlining the role played by these factors in influencing more or less positive outcomes in the life of those who have been facing particularly problematic and detrimental environmental situations.

The infographics are designed to visually present the issue and to help a better understanding of some of the key challenges as well as some of the opportunities for adaptation to environmental change through migration-related measures. This is especially important in view of the forthcoming 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December 2015.

These infographics are funded by the European Union and created under the Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project, in collaboration with IOM – Sciences Po project on the Atlas of Environmental Migration. Some of the infographics will be featured in the forthcoming publication (Presses de Sciences Po/Routledge).