The role of environmental perceptions in migration decision-making: evidence from both migrants and non-migrants in five developing countries

Koubi, Vally; Spilker, Gabriele; Schaffer, Lena; Böhmelt, Tobias (2016). The role of environmental perceptions in migration decision-making: evidence from both migrants and non-migrants in five developing countries. Population and Environment, 38(2), pp. 134-163. Springer 10.1007/s11111-016-0258-7

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Research has demonstrated that, in a variety of settings, environmental factors influence migration. Yet much of the existing work examines objective indicators of environmental conditions as opposed to the environmental perceptions of potential migrants. This paper examines migration decision-making and individual perceptions of different types of environmental change (sudden vs. gradual environmental events) with a focus on five developing countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Peru. The survey data include both migrants and non-migrants, with the results suggesting that individual perceptions of long-term (gradual) environmental events, such as droughts, lower the likelihood of internal migration. However, sudden-onset events, such as floods, increase movement. These findings substantially improve our understanding of perceptions as related to internal migration and also suggest that a more differentiated perspective is needed on environmental migration as a form of adaptation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Koubi, Vally and Schaffer, Lena Maria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0199-0039

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eva Marina Zuberbühler

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 09:38

Last Modified:

19 Sep 2017 18:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11111-016-0258-7

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93183

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93183

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