Displacement in a changing climate

This thematic series explores the scale, patterns, drivers and impacts of internal displacement associated with slow-onset environmental change and disasters to inform policies and practices for managing and reducing displacement risk.

Research agenda

Internal displacement associated with slow-onset environmental change and disasters is a complex and dynamic phenomenon. Often hard to distinguish from internal migration, displacement driven by gradually evolving environmental change is primarily a development issue.

It is difficult to paint a consistent picture of displacement associated with slow-onset events because of the wide range of phenomena, impacts, drivers and types of movement they provoke and regions they affect. It is neither easy to characterise, nor easy to plan for, and more concrete examples and evidence of how displacement occurs in different situations is needed to inform more solid risk assessments and evaluations of appropriate policy responses.

Featured project: Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement

Inhabitants of developing island states in the Pacific are amongst those most at risk of being displaced by disasters. The Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement (PRDD) project is generating new evidence to better understand, plan for, prevent, and respond to disaster displacement in the Pacific region.

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Latest publication

From basic needs to the recovery of livelihoods: Local integration of people displaced by drought in Ethiopia

This report explores the current situation of IDPs three years after the 2017 drought in Ethiopia's Somali region, looking at the same locations as the research carried out in 2019. 

It examines local integration efforts carried out through livelihoods projects and how these can serve as durable solutions to displacement.

Research lead

Christelle Cazabat

We are always looking to strengthen and expand our existing partnerships. If you are interested in working with us on slow-onset disaster displacement, please contact christelle.cazabat@idmc.ch.

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