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.





The editorial board of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series would like to invite authors to submit proposals for 2018 issues.

The Series is open to all areas of the migration-environment nexus, covering various forms of environmental and climate-related hazards as well as all types of human mobility. We particularly welcome results of inter- and trans-disciplinary research.

Proposals should include an abstract (max. 300 words), a table of contents, and at least 800 words of the draft text or summary of research. Proposals should be single-spaced and should be no more than 1,500 words. References, tables, and appendices count against this page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review.

For full details on the submission download the Call for Proposals



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.