INAF-468 Environmental Migration
Spring for 2017-2018
Human mobility within and across borders is on the rise with rapid globalization and infrastructural investments. National concerns over human security and resource allocation have prompted discussion over the drivers and consequences of emerging migration patterns related to environmental stressors. The objective of this course is to gain perspective on the environmental refugee debate and learn how governments, donors, and international agencies are currently tackling this problem. Students will be introduced to cross-disciplinary concepts of migration and environmental stressors (e.g., natural disasters, climate change, water scarcity, soil erosion) in order to understand and discuss recent scientific work. The class will investigate the challenges in documenting this phenomenon and its consequences on society. The course will conclude with a broader discussion related to how existing governments and humanitarian agencies are addressing the issue today, in policy and practice. Registered students are assumed to have a basic familiarity with multivariate regression analysis.
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