Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124866
Authors: 
Mbaye, Linguère Mously
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9349
Abstract: 
This paper reviews the effect of environmental disasters on migration. Although there is an increase of environmental disasters and migration over the past years, the relationship is complex. While some authors find that environmental disasters increase migration, others show that they have only a marginal or no effect or are even negative. Migration appears to be an insurance mechanism against environmental shocks. Remittances help to decrease households' vulnerability to shocks but also dampen their adverse effects. Finally, we discuss policy implications and future research avenues.
Subjects: 
environmental shocks
forced migration
remittances
migration as insurance
floods
earthquakes
droughts
JEL: 
J61
O15
Q54
Q56
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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