Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law

Edited by Benoît Mayer and François Crépeau

This comprehensive Research Handbook provides an overview of the debates on how the law does, and could, relate to migration exacerbated by climate change. It contains conceptual chapters on the relationship between climate change, migration and the law, as well as doctrinal and prospective discussions regarding legal developments in different domestic contexts and in international governance.
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Chapter 14: Organizational perspective from the International Labour Organization

Sophia Kagan, Meredith Byrne and Michelle Leighton


As global climate change intensifies and diminishes economic opportunity, people may consider migration as a coping strategy. Many workers are already seeking better work and income security abroad due to poor economic opportunities at home, through conflict or disaster. While the consequences of environmental degradation on labour markets are well researched – particularly as they relate to core economic sectors such as agriculture and tourism – much less is known on how climate variability or other environmental change in the future will affect workers and drive some to migrate in search of new livelihoods. Given the vulnerability of these new migrants, the ILO’s role in making regular and well-managed labour migration a positive experience for all and fostering greater awareness of the positive contributions that migrant workers make to host countries will be more important than ever.

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