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Climate Migration is About People, Not Numbers

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Book chapter

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Authors

Durand-Delacre, David  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8847-6174
Bettini, Giovanni 
Boas, Ingrid 
Hulme, Michael 

Abstract

It has become increasingly common to argue that climate change will lead to mass migrations. In this chapter, we examine the large numbers often invoked to underline alarming climate migration narratives. We outline the methodological limitations to their production. We argue for a greater diversity of knowledges of climate migration, rooted in qualitative and mixed methods. We also question the usefulness of numbers to progressive agendas for climate action. Large numbers are used for rhetorical effect to create fear of climate migration. But this approach backfires when they are used to justify security-oriented, anti-migrant agendas. In addition, quantification helps present migration as a management problem. Decisions are then based on meeting quantitative targets, when they should focus on peoples’ needs, rights, and freedoms instead.

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Title

Climate Migration is About People, Not Numbers

Keywords

Climate migration

Is Part Of

Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis: Social Science Perspectives

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Publisher

OpenBook Publishers

ISBN

978-1-80064-260-7