Developing a framework to analyze the relationship between floods and internal migration

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1 January 2011

The Costa Rican experience: extreme weather events partially explain permanent internal migration as an adaptive measure.

A new body of evidence has emerged suggesting that climate is increasing people displacement as an adaptive response to weather related-catastrophes. This research develops a framework to analyze the links between migration and climate change. It also fills in a gap in the existing knowledge about internal migration in Costa Rica and its determinants. Key Points: •Migration is found to increase in response to extreme whether events in the origin canton. •Households respond both to ongoing/recent natural disasters and to past events with lags. •Migration is induced by both population’s characteristics and location-specific attributes.

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Publication | 1 December 2011