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Climigration and Sustainability: A Spatial Analysis of  Urban New Zealand

PhD Candidate

Rajan Chandra Ghosh

Dr Caroline Orchiston (Centre for Sustainability)
Dr Janet Stephenson (Centre for Sustainability)

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Rajan Ghosh research imageNatural hazards are now a common phenomenon around the world and have multifaceted impacts on the people and their surroundings. The adverse effects of different natural calamities make peoples’ livelihoods more vulnerable and sometimes compel them to be migrated. Every year a significant number of people are displacing around the globe due to different natural hazards who are known as climate migrants or environmental migrants and the process is termed as climigration. Climigration changes peoples’ way of living with a lot of uncertainties and insecurities. Thus, secured livelihood is the most need of those migrated people. Ensuring livelihood security of climate migrants is now a global responsibility. Therefore, this study aims to find out the livelihoods (shelter, employment, education, and medication) opportunities and challenges of climate migrants in urban New Zealand. Besides, it will assess the impacts of environmental migrants in their new destination. This study will also analyze the government policies and initiatives regarding climigration, and develop a sustainable livelihoods framework for climate migrants.

Photo: Climate Migrant of Bangladesh  Photographer: Probal Rashid