Migration and Environmental Change in North America (USA and Canada)
This chapter addresses the intersection of migration and environmental trends in North America in the context of global environmental change, including a historical review of past migrations related to environmental events as well as a description of regional climate change forecasts and current migrations trends, a brief review of past environmental migration in the region, and an overview of recent research on population mobility and climate change events. The general conclusion is that environmental factors may not be the primary driver of migration for the region as a whole, but that climate change events will likely have a role at the local level. Also, being an area of international immigration, impacts in sending areas could lead to changes in current patterns.
KeywordsStorm Surge Great Plain Population Mobility Canadian Prairie Coastal County
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