Climate Change and Migrations

Human migration has been identified as an important response to climate change. By worsening the living conditions in certain places or even making habitation impossible, climate-related stress forces individuals to move from one place to another. While a vast literature has so far analyzed how warming or other climate-related events affect income per person across countries over the long run, the analysis of the link between climate/weather change and migration has so far been under-researched and deserves investigation. For example, very few studies have looked at the systematic long-term effect of temperature change on emigration and rural-to-urban migration in poor and middle-income countries in the world. 

This cross-cutting theme of research aims to fill in the existing gaps in the literature by analyzing the role of migration as an adaptation response to climate-induced environmental stress, and by identifying the potential indirect effects of climate-induced migration.

The studies on of climate-induced migration developed by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) can contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of the demographics in the major world economies, which is a key component of the energy-economic models run by FEEM and can also offer guidelines on how to conduct projections. Moreover, FEEM offers a large body of knowledge related to climate adaptation in various contexts and contributing to produce geo-referenced vulnerability mapping and high resolution climate indicators.

Among FEEM traditional research activities and conditional to the in-kind research collaboration from all FEEM Research Programs, the following research topics on “Climate Change and Migrations” will become the basis for the analyses:

  • Human migration and complex indicators of climatic stress
  • Channels linking climate and migration
  • Climate change, natural resources, migration and conflicts


Find out more: climatemigration.feem.it

Synergies and trade offs between air pollution and climate change - AIR QUALITY
Research project
January 2018 / December 2018
Synergies and trade offs between air pollution and climate change - AIR QUALITY
Impacts of climate change on real and financial economy - ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STABILITY
Research project
January 2018 / December 2018
Impacts of climate change on real and financial economy - ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STABILITY
Global inequality and climate change impacts and solutions - INEQUALITY
Research project
January 2018 / December 2018
Global inequality and climate change impacts and solutions - INEQUALITY
Climate Induced Environmental Stress and International Migration - CESIM
Research project
January 2016 / December 2016
Climate Induced Environmental Stress and International Migration - CESIM

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