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Economic Drivers of Migration and Climate Change in LDCs

Study paper no. 36
working paper - publication Helene Bie Lilleør and Kathleen Van den Broeck
ISBN 978-87-90199-63-3
UDGIVET AF The University Press of Southern Denmark

Environmental migration is a topic which has given rise to widespread debate and gloomy predictions about the state of the world in 2050, but where rigorous research and empirical evidence are unfortunately in short supply. In this paper, the authors review the existing research on and empirical evidence of how climate change and climate variability in Less Developed Countries (LDCs) affects two main drivers of migration identified by migration models in the economic literature, namely income level differentials between origin and destination areas and income variability in origin areas, and how they in turn affect migration.

Also published in Global Environmental Change, vol. 21, Supplement 1, December 2011, Pages S70–S81.

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