Attitudes of urban residents towards environmental migration in Kenya and Vietnam

Spilker, Gabriele; Nguyen, Quynh; Koubi, Vally; Böhmelt, Tobias (2020). Attitudes of urban residents towards environmental migration in Kenya and Vietnam. Nature climate change, 10(7), pp. 622-627. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41558-020-0805-1

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The displacement of people is an important consequence of climate change, as people may choose or be forced to migrate in response to adverse climate conditions or sudden-onset extreme climate events. Existing studies show that there is a consistently higher social acceptance of migrants fleeing political persecution or war than of economic migrants. Here we examine whether individuals in Vietnam and Kenya also extend the notion of deservingness to environmental migrants in the context of internal rural-to-urban migration, using original data from a choice-based conjoint survey experiment. We find that although residents in receiving areas view short-term climate events and long-term climate conditions as legitimate reasons to migrate, they do not see environmental migrants as more deserving than economic migrants. These findings have implications for how practitioners address population movements due to climatic changes, and how scholars study people’s attitudes towards environmental migrants.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Koubi, Vally

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1758-678X

Publisher:

Nature Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

11 Jan 2021 15:12

Last Modified:

11 Jan 2021 15:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41558-020-0805-1

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/150257

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150257

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