On the Regional Rootedness of Population Mobility and Environmental Change


  • Felicitas Hillmann Leibniz-Institute for Research on Society and Space, IRS Erkner/TU Berlin
  • Ernst Spaan Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Radboud University




Migration, Environmental Change, Region, Development, Diaspora


This article argues that the interplay of changing environmental conditions in the wake of climate change and dynamic migration systems will lead to even more clearly articulated new regional formations. The way regions perceive the risks of climate change, how they cope with and adapt to these risks and their constitution as resilient entities determines the way migration and mobility take place. We focus on the regional dimensions of climate change and broader related developmental trends such as urbanisation and will highlight this nexus for coastal regions. We present two regional case studies, Keta in Ghana and Semarang in Indonesia. Both cities have experienced floods and related environmental risks throughout their histories. The contrasting analysis of the two cases illustrates that similar environmental challenges may have very different effects on the migratory patterns.





How to Cite

Hillmann, F. and Spaan, E. 2017. On the Regional Rootedness of Population Mobility and Environmental Change. Comparative Population Studies. 42, (Jun. 2017). DOI:https://doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2017-06.



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