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Violence-driven displacement in Mexico: Why including internally displaced persons in national statistics is necessary to inform a protection-based response

Internal displacement in Central America and Mexico is often characterized as an urban phenomenon linked to criminal activity and violence, yet displacement from rural locations is not uncommon. Comprehensive, up-to-date, data on the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is limited, in part, because of the inherent difficulties in collecting regular data on this “hard-to-reach” population who may be hesitant to report their situation.

JDC Newsletter, April 2024

Celebrating and reflecting on the year past In April, millions of people across the world observed their major religious festivals – Eid al-Fitr and Easter. Both celebrations mark the end of a period of abstinence or fasting, which is also a time for reflection. The...

No longer a blind spot: Climate change adaptation policies must address forced displacement

This brief article advocates for a systemic, long-term, development-oriented approach to climate-induced displacement, alongside humanitarian responses.
The authors draw on an analysis of 42 National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and 166 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). NAPs are submitted by developing states to Conferences of the Parties (COP) and detail their medium- and long-term adaptation priorities and strategies. NDCs are climate action plans to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts.

Local Responses to Climate Change and Disaster-Related Migration in Solomon Islands

Communities in Solomon Islands are acutely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Eighty percent of the population live in coastal areas vulnerable to sea level rise, coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion, and severe weather events such as drought, tropical cyclones, and flooding. Most services, infrastructure, and agricultural production are also concentrated in these vulnerable coastal areas. Climate-related displacement due to natural disasters is already occurring, including relocation of whole communities from low-lying atolls to urban areas, as well as some rural-to-rural migration.

Effect of border policy on exposure and vulnerability to climate change

This paper analyzes the effect of border policies on exposure and vulnerability to climate change impacts, for migrants and origin and host communities.
The authors quantify the effects of border policies on population distribution, income, exposure and vulnerability, CO2 emissions, and overall temperature increase. They do this by incorporating international migration and remittances into Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) that are widely used to estimate the economic damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate refugees or labour migrants? Climate reductive translations of women’s migration from coastal Bangladesh

This article examines the multifaceted socio-economic and environmental causes of migration from coastal regions in Bangladesh.
The analysis is based on qualitative research undertaken by the author in multiple sites in southwest coastal Bangladesh between August 2014 and July 2015. The research included in-depth interviews with development professionals in Dhaka and Khulna cities, observation of village life in the two unions of Nodi, and a qualitative survey of around 400 households in Nodi.

Climate Change, Inequality, and Human Migration

This paper examines the long-term implications of climate change for migration and inequality. The authors investigate: (i) the scale of climate migration; (ii) the characteristics of climate migrants including their age and educational attainment; (iii) their origins and destinations, including local displacements, migration within their country of origin, or international migration; and (iv) the socio-economic implications of climate migration.