FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series

Climate-induced International Migration and Conflicts

Authors: Cristina Cattaneo, Valentina Bosetti
Series: Mitigation, Innovation and Transformation Pathways
Editor: Massimo Tavoni
Keywords: Conflict, Global Warming, Emigration
JEL n.: Q54, F22, Q34, H56


Population movements will help people facing the impact of climate change. However, the resulting large scale displacements may also produce security risks for receiving areas. The objective of this paper is to empirically estimate if the inflows of climate-induced migrants increase the risk of conflicts in receiving areas. Using data from 1960 to 2000, we show that climate-induced migrants are not an additional determinant of civil conflicts and civil wars in receiving areas.


Suggested citation: Cattaneo, C., V. Bosetti, (2016), 'Climate-induced International Migration and Conflicts', Nota di Lavoro 63.2016, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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