Mobility and immobility in climate migration in the Pacific Islands

  • Saija Niemi
Avainsanat: Climate migration, mobility, immobility, small Pacific Island states


Climate migration is a multifaceted phenomenon, which is considered as one of the most significant issues related to climate change. Predicting the numbers of those migrating in the future and the routes of climate migration is challenging. The decision-making of individuals, households and communities in connection to climate migration is complex. The reasons for moving within a region, country or across international borders can vary between actors and geographical areas. For a long time mobility has been in the centre of migration research. Migration researchers
have been studying people who move but they have not concentrated so much on those who stay behind. However, mobility and immobility both play a role in migration in the small Pacific Island states, which are regarded to be on
the frontline of climate change.

Niemi, S. (2020). Mobility and immobility in climate migration in the Pacific Islands. Siirtolaisuus-Migration, 46(3), 13-16. Noudettu osoitteesta