Population recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: exploring the potential role of stage migration in migration systems
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- DeWaard, J., Curtis, K.J. & Fussell, E. Popul Environ (2016) 37: 449. doi:10.1007/s11111-015-0250-7
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In this research brief, we explore how places affected by natural disasters recover their populations through indirect, or “stage,” migration. Specifically, we consider the idea that post-disaster impediments (e.g., housing and property damage) in disaster-affected areas spawn migration flows toward and, over time, to disaster-affected areas through intermediary destinations. Taking as our case Orleans Parish over a 5-year period after Hurricane Katrina, we show that stage migration accounted for up to about one-fourth of population recovery. We close by discussing the implications, limitations, and potential extensions of our work.