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Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health

The Next Wave of Migration


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Lawrence A. Palinkas
    Pages 1-14
  3. Acute Climate-Related Events

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 17-33
    3. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 35-52
    4. Lawrence A. Palinkas
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  4. Long-Term Climate-Related Events

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 71-98
    3. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 99-125
  5. Responses to Climigration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 149-169
    3. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 171-201
    4. Lawrence A. Palinkas
      Pages 203-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-234

About this book


This timely text examines the causes and consequences of population displacement related to climate change in the recent past, the present, and the near future. First and foremost, this book includes an examination of patterns of population displacement that have occurred or are currently underway. Second, the book introduces a three-tier framework for both understanding and responding to the public health impacts of climate-related population displacement. It illustrates the interrelations between impacts on the larger physical and social environment that precipitates and results from population displacement and the social and health impacts of climate-related migration. Third, the book contains first-hand accounts of climate-related population displacement and its consequences, in addition to reviews of demographic data and reviews of existing literature on the subject.

Topics explored among the chapters include:

  • Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
  • Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico
  • The California Wildfires
  • Fleeing Drought: The Great Migration to Europe
  • Fleeing Flooding: Asia and the Pacific
  • Fleeing Coastal Erosion: Kivalina and Isle de Jean Charles
Although the book is largely written from the perspective of a researcher, it reflects the perspectives of practitioners and policymakers on the need for developing policies, programs, and interventions to address the growing numbers of individuals, families, and communities that have been displaced as a result of short- and long-term environmental disasters. Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health is a vital resource for an international audience of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers representing a variety of disciplines, including public health, public policy, social work, urban development, climate and environmental science, engineering, and medicine.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

About the authors

Lawrence A. Palinkas, PhD, is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Children, Youth and Families at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. A medical anthropologist, Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in cultural and environmental influences on health behaviors, health disparities, implementation science, and community-based participatory research. He has held positions of leadership in studies that have focused on migration and health, migrant stress and coping, adaptation to extreme environments, and disaster mental health in projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. He has been engaged in developing new types of mixed method designs for mental health services research that target implementation of evidence-based practices and addressing the behavioral and mental health needs of youth, older adults, and communities of color.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health
  • Book Subtitle The Next Wave of Migration
  • Authors Lawrence A. Palinkas
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-41889-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41892-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41890-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Climate Change
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“The study is well-sourced in a large secondary literature. … It supports ‘strategies for preventing, managing, and mitigating climate-related population displacement and its effects through the development and maintenance of partnerships involving academics, policy makers, service providers, communities, and climigrants themselves.’” (G.McN, Population and Development Review, Vol. 46 (3), September, 2020)

“This book is directed most specifically at people who will have to cope with ‘climigration’-aid workers, authorities in relevant countries, medical personnel, social workers, teachers, and others who will be dealing in a ‘hands-on’ fashion with migrants. The book meets the needs of the target audience.” (Eugene N. Anderson, Doody’s Book Reviews, August 21, 2020)