Population and Environment

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 449–463

Population recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: exploring the potential role of stage migration in migration systems

  • Jack DeWaard
  • Katherine J. Curtis
  • Elizabeth Fussell
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11111-015-0250-7

Cite this article as:
DeWaard, J., Curtis, K.J. & Fussell, E. Popul Environ (2016) 37: 449. doi:10.1007/s11111-015-0250-7


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.


Stage migration Migration systems Population recovery Disasters Hurricane Katrina Environment 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack DeWaard
    • 1
  • Katherine J. Curtis
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Fussell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Minnesota Population CenterUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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