Migration as an Adaptation Strategy for Atoll Island States

Lilian Yamamoto, Miguel Esteban

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Adopting a policy of migration can be one possible adaptation strategy against climate change. It has been forecasted that if the worst predictions regarding climate change and sea level rise become reality atolls around the world could become submerged in the future. This would render them uninhabitable and could lead to questions about whether Atoll Island States could still be considered as States. The international community has been avoiding any commitment to create a convention that would protect people displaced by climate change. In order to solve such potential problems, the authors will argue that a framework of bilateral agreements, initiatives, and national policies could constitute a viable solution for the various interested parties. The article will discuss the characteristics of Atoll Island States, touching on possible solutions for climate change displacement which have been discussed by the governments and civil society of the affected States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-158
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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