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Migration caused by climate change: how vulnerable are people inn dryland areas?

  • Elisabeth Meze-Hausken
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Abstract

Climate change has been presented as a likely trigger formigration of people, especially in dryland areas of less developed countries.The underlying research questions focus on the strength of adaptationcapacity of subsistence farmers in Northern Ethiopia, and evaluate historicalexperiences gained from drought-induced migration. Through a survey of104 peasants who had to migrant due to persistent drought, vulnerabilityto climate change has shown to be a complex issue, including themultiplicity of factors comprising a household environment. Still, to bevulnerable does not make someone a potential climate migrant, as peoplein marginal regions have developed a great variety of adaptationmechanisms, which strengthen their ability to cope with both, slow climaticchanges and extreme climatic events.

climate change Ethiopia historical analogy migration vulnerability 

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  • Elisabeth Meze-Hausken
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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