Aftermath of natural disasters: coping through residential mobility

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Belcher, J.C.
Bates, F.L.

Title

Aftermath of natural disasters: coping through residential mobility

Date

1983

Journal

Demography

Vol (No), pp

7(2), 118-128

Abstract

Most studies of population movement have concentrated on the more developed nations and on trends that have not been influenced by man‐made or natural disasters. The experience of developing countries in the Caribbean basin, as studied after the Guatemalan earthquake of 1976 and the impact of Hurricane David in the Dominican Republic of 1979, highlights the importance of socio‐economic factors in the decision to make permanent migrations after a disaster, regardless of whether the migrant had personally suffered losses. In many cases the opportunities for personal betterment created by the disaster acted as a catalyst and accelerated a previously‐existing trend of migration.

Citation

Belcher, J. C., & Bates, F. L. (1983). Aftermath of natural disasters: coping through residential mobility. Demography, 7(2), 118-128. Retrieved from: DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7717.1983.tb00805.x