Environmentally induced migration and conflict

Type

Report

Author

Clark, W. A. V.

Title

Environmentally induced migration and conflict

Year

2007

Publisher

WBGU

Abstract

The report emphasizes that environmental stress is likely to be linked to conflict indirectly but significantly and it will be greater in poorer nations. The impacts will come directly from declining resources and conflicts over those resources and from the tensions created by populations that are displaced or who move seeking improved life chances in other regions. However, most of the conflicts will embed environmental induced conflict under the guise of religious, ethnic of civil conflict. It has been, and will continue to be, difficult to identify any simple or straightforward links between the environment, environmentally induced migration, and conflict. Seeking single agent causality in the environment and potential impacts on conflict tends to hide the fact that the environment and its resources and impacts are channeled through social, economic, and political factors which play very significant roles in population migration.

Citation

Clark, W. A. V. (2007). Environmentally induced migration and conflict. WBGU.