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Workshop on Climate-Induced Migration

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When: 16-17 October 2023  

Where: Malmö University, Sweden

Organizers: Tuba Bircan | Haodong Qi


Day 1 | 16 October

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 Opening

09:15 – 10:15 Keynote Lecture 1 

  • Dr. Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Lead Environmental Specialist at the World Bank

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30- 12:00 Session 1: Pathways between Climate Change and Population (Im)mobility

  • Keiti Kondi and Stefanija Veljanoska

Internal Migration as a Response to Soil Degradation: Evidence from Malawi

  • Oyewumi Ogunmakin

Will They Continue to Endure: How Conflict and “Climate-Induced” Migration is Affecting the Lake Chad Region

  • Marion Borderon

Determinants of (Im)mobility Amid Climate Shocks: A Mixed-Methods Study in Kersa, Ethiopia

12:00-13:00 Keynote Lecture 2

  • Dr. Mumuni Abu, Demographer and Senior Lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 2: Conceptualizing Climate-Driven Mobility and Migration

  • Martina Angela Caretta

Migration as adaptation to freshwater and inland hydroclimatic changes? A meta-review of existing evidence

  • Jamie Slater and Benjamin Schraven

Addressing the climate-mobility-nexus: Polycentricity at the crossroads?

  • Tuba Bircan 

Does “Climate Migrant” exist?

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Keynote Lecture 3

  • Dr. Flore Gubert, Research Director at French Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

Temporary migration response to climate variability. New evidence from three years of mobile phone data in Senegal

Households in Sahelian countries mostly rely on subsistence agriculture and livelihood means are generally dependent on the quality of a single rainy season (June to October). Income streams are thus often marked with a high degree of seasonality – especially in the rural sector – and are exposed to shocks with the occasional occurrence of poor rainy season conditions. Such variations in the level of productivity across space and over time could presumably induce some adjustments in short-term labour reallocation dynamics, whereby individuals temporarily relocate to places where they are more productive. However, little is known about the scale and precise nature of temporary migration decisions as a viable strategy in the face of climate stresses. In this study, we exploit a multi-year mobile phone dataset in Senegal that allows us to obtain a uniquely granular temporary migration matrix. By observing short-term movements of millions of individuals across more than 900 locations that experience various levels of precipitations over three years, we are able to provide new insights on the temporary reallocation of labour across space in the context of local climate variability.

19:00 Workshop Dinner

Day 2 | October 17

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Lecture 4

  • Dr. Linda Adhiambo Oucho, Executive Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC)

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30- 12:00 Session 3: Measuring, Mapping, and Modeling Human Mobility 

  • Thibault Laurent, Paula Margaretic and Christine Thomas-Agnan. 

Exploring the different international migration flow estimates

  • Linda Petutschnig, Lorenz Wendt and Stefan Lang

Mapping Climate, Conflicts, and Epidemics: Development and Evaluation of a Geospatial Risk Assessment for Healthcare NGOs

  • Haodong Qi

Modeling and predicting forced migration.

12:00-13:00 Session 4 (a): Local and Regional Studies on Climate-Induced Human Mobility

  • Dr. Marta Welander, Herve Nicolle, Jared Owuor and Marion Tolboom

Fostering a human-centred approach in climate mobility, the use of habitat mapping: refining the understanding of the interaction of lived lines of socio-economic integration and climate change impact through the voices of local communities.

  • Sourina Bej

“We migrate for better work and aspire to build concrete houses…”: Exploring aspirations and capacities of climate migrants in Sunderbans delta, India.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 4 (b): Local and Regional Studies on Climate-Induced Human Mobility

  • Luis Becerra-Valbuena, Flore Gubert, Anne-Sophie Robilliard 

Climate-induced International Migration in Senegal

  • Nilima Islam Luba and Ayse Perihan Kirkic

Migration Decision Making in MENA: The Role of Food Insecurity, Water Scarcity & Energy Access

  • Tatiana Castillo Betancourt

From Thailand to Scandinavia: The Role of Gender and Climate Change Impacts on Unfree Labour in the Berry Industry

15:30-16:00 Coffee and farewell

where: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, 211 19 Malmö | on Zoom

(Passcode: 926455)