By Felicitas Hillmann, Marie Pahl, Birte Rafflenbeul, Harald Sterly
The individuals current empirical and theoretical insights on present debates on environmental switch, model and migration. whereas targeting nations topic to environmental degradation, it demands a nearby point of view that recognises neighborhood actors and a scientific hyperlink among improvement reviews and migration examine.
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Vulnerability serves as the basic notion through which the translation of climatic changes to societal impacts, in general, and potential effects on migration patterns is conceptualised. In one of its most widespread deﬁnitions, Chambers describes vulnerability as the interplay of external threat and internal capacities to cope with those externalities, thereby underlining the relevance of, the defencelessness and insecurity of individuals, and their exposure towards extreme events and stress (confer Chambers, 1989).
We can return here to Dietz and Vogelpohl’s mention of scale as the second central category in the human geographical preoccupation with climate change that also points to a perceived shortcoming of the dualism of the local and the global in evaluating the different spatial processes and implications of climate change. A number of other spatial categories have been used to mediate between the local and the global of climate change: in the following, I argue that it is especially regions which feature prominently in climate change research and political discourses.
Socio-institutional changes have granted more freedom to adult sons to found independent households, thus adding to economic and political changes that have created new income opportunities in the coastal countries in the Gulf of Guinea. Thereby Dorlöchter-Sulser underlines that only the integration of different scales into the analysis might shed light on the relationship between environmental change and migration. Chapter 4, by Mustafa Aksakal and Kerstin Schmidt, highlights the complex relationship between climate change and migration by emphasising that migration in developing countries is often already part of people’s social realities.