Webinar on Climate Change, Migration and Humanitarian Needs, Nov. 1


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The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the fourth event in our webinar series!

Title: Climate Change, Migration and Humanitarian Needs

Date: 1 November 2018

Time: 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm EDT

Presenter: Linn Biorklund Belliveau, Research Consultant at Médecins Sans Frontières and Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Discussant: Prativa BaralResearch Fellow, Global Strategy Lab and member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change  

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Linn Biorklund Belliveau is a researcher and advisor, presently at Médecins Sans Frontières, and an affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her specific areas of knowledge include forced migration, transnational networks, and climate politics. Linn has extensive experience with non-governmental organizations and the United Nations in the fields of humanitarianism and human rights. She has worked in a wide range of countries in East Africa, Middle East and Latin America. Currently, she leads efforts aimed at feeding strategic decision making for field operations in climate hotspots, exposing inadequacies of the global migration system and toward improving protection and assistance mechanisms for displaced populations. Linn has a Political Science degree from Stockholm University and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

Twitter: @Abyssopelagic @msf


Millions of people are forced to leave their homes today. Many share a common set of experiences while in flight, either in their own countries or across international borders. Climate change is increasingly influencing human mobility. A large proportion of persons who are currently on the move are so because of extreme weather events and environmental degradation exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change. Most climate-related migration occurs within borders and towards urban areas where people may face continued environmental, physical and psychological threats. The health of migrating populations is affected at the origin, en-route and at the destination. In cases of climate-related forced displacement, the risk of adverse health outcomes is higher especially among women, children, the elderly and those with preexisting health issues. Some populations will adjust to new environmental conditions, and benefit from adaptation efforts. Others will be in continued need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The nexus between climate change, migration and health is an understudied area that requires further attention.

Further Readings

Adget, W, Safra de Campos, R, Mortreux, C (2018) ‘Mobility, displacement, and their interactions with vulnerability and adaptation to environmental risks,’ Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration, Routledge.

Ferris, E and Bergmann, J (2017) ‘Soft law, migration and climate change governance,’ Journal of Human Rights and Environment, 8(1): 6-29.

Hunter, L. M, Luna, J. K, and Norton, R. M (2015) ‘Environmental dimensions of migration.’ Annual Review of Sociology, 41: 377-397.

Reiner, R. C, Smith, D. L, and Gething, P. W (2015). ‘Climate change, urbanization and disease: summer in the city….Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109(3): 171–172.

Rigaud, K. K, de Sherbinin, A, Jones, B, Bergmann, J, Clement, V, Ober, K, Schewe, J, Adamo, S, McCusker, B, Heuser, S, and Midgley, A (2018) ‘Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration’. World Bank, Washington, DC.

Schwerdtle, P, McMichael, C, and Bowen, K (2018) ‘The health impacts of climate related migration’, BMC Medicine, 16(1).

Shutte, S, Gemenne, F, Zaman, M, Flahault, A, and Depoux, A (2018) ‘Connecting planetary health, climate change and migration,’ The Lancet: e58-59.