Migration in the Face of Global Environmental Change
A new report released this week by the United Kingdom’s Foresight Project on Environmental Migration and contributed to by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN ) shows that, over the past 40 years, coastal and inland water ecosystems experienced the greatest levels of net in-migration, whereas mountain, forest, cultivated, and dryland ecosystems experienced the greatest levels of net out-migration. The report also finds that net out-migration is generally spread over larger rural areas at relatively low levels, whereas net in-migration tends to be concentrated in urban areas. Because data on net migration are not widely available for the time period, CIESIN used indirect estimation methods to model net migration by ecosystem and by decade for the period of 1970-2010. Read the report here.The Foresight Project’s summary report on environmental migration and other reports that contributed to its finding can be found here.