Population and Environment

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 167–182 | Cite as

Environmental Refugees

  • Norman Myers


There are fast-growing numbers of people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems. In their desperation, these “environmental refugees”—as they are increasingly coming to be known and as they are termed in this paper—feel they have no alternative but to seek sanctuary elsewhere, however hazardous the attempt. Not all of them have fled their countries, many being internally displaced. But all have abandoned their homelands on a semi-permanent if not permanent basis, having little hope of a foreseeable return.


Environmental Problem Soil Erosion Permanent Basis Secure Livelihood Environmental Refugee 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Myers
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  1. 1.Oxford University.OxfordU.K

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