Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)

 The European Union-funded “Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy” (MECLEP) project was implemented between January 2014 and March 2017.

The project aimed to contribute to the global knowledge base on the relationship between migration and environmental and change. More specifically, it aimed to formulate policy options on how migration, including displacement and planned relocation, can benefit adaptation strategies to environmental and climate change. It involved research (desk reviews, household surveys and qualitative interviews), capacity-building and dialogue and knowledge sharing activities. 

Pilot countries

The 6 project countries were Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, the Republic of Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam.


The countries were selected based on the diversity of migration patterns and the environmental events they face.

Project Outputs

      Dialogue and Knowledge sharing



      EUR 1.9 million of the budget was funded by the European Union under the Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum (TPMA).


      The project was implemented by IOM through a consortium of six research partners.

      University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, 

      Bielefeld University, 

      Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liège, 

      Research Center on Citizenship, Migration and the City (CIMIC), Erasmus University Rotterdam,
      The Netherlands
      Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO),
      Costa Rica
      Institute for the Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University, 


      Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sociales (CIES), Iberoamerican University,
      Dominican Republic

      Research Institute for Climate Change, DRAGON Institute, Can Tho University, Mekong,
      Viet Nam

      Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel,


      Project Leaflet 

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      For further information on MECLEP, please contact IOM's Global Migration Data and Analysis Centre (GMDAC): 
      Susanne Melde, Global project coordinator
      Frank Laczko, Director of Global Migration Data Analysis Centre