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How will climate change impact on migration?

Breakfast Briefings / Friday 11 November 2011

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The impact of global climate change on human mobility and migration has been in the news recently because of the landmark publication of the Foresight research, Migration and Global Environmental Change, a two year study led by the UK Government Office for Science, which drew on a major body of evidence produced by several experts from across the globe to understand how diverse environmental changes will converge on populations between now and 2060; as well as the profound consequences for those who move and for those who stay behind, and also for the regions of origin and destination. This month’s presenter, Allan Findlay, was involved in two of the reports that formed part of the Foresight programme’s massive evidence base.

However, Allan Findlay has been writing on migration in a number of capacities and in this briefing will be reflecting on the evidence that he has developed in his career, to explore some of the possible implications for migration policy.

The research is part of the programme of the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as the UK's first research centre on population change. Based jointly at the University of Southampton and the National Records of Scotland, CPC brings together expertise from the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Stirling and Dundee.

Speaker: Allan Findlay, School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St. Andrews