The 22nd Nordic Migration Research Conference will be held at the University of Bergen from the 14th to the 16th August 2024. Organised by the Nordic Migration Research Network and the International Migration and Ethnic Relations Unit (IMER), the conference will be centered around the theme "The politics of mobility and precarity - and the alternatives".

The Climate & Migration Initiative at CMI is pleased to announce that our panel has been accepted for the conference and we are now accepting proposals for paper presentations.

Our panel, entitled "Navigating the Nexus: Climate Change, Migration, and Vulnerabilities in the Global South", will focus on the complex and multifaceted dynamics between climate and environmental change and human mobility, and on the implications of these interactions for people in the so-called Global South. The detailed abstract is available below.

If you would like to present on our panel, kindly submit your abstract (max. 300 words) via the conference submission platform by 29th February 2024. Alternatively, Panel 11 on "Climate change-immobility nexus in Africa" and Panel 16 on "Migration, precarity and climate change: Beyond 'catastrophist' and 'resilientist' dichotomies" may also be of interest to researchers focusing on climate-migration linkages.

If you have any questions about our panel, please contact us via The full Call for Papers, detailed panel descriptions and other relevant information can be found on the conference website.


Panel 22: Navigating the Nexus: Climate Change, Migration, and Vulnerabilities in the Global South

Climate change represents one of the most pressing challenges of our time, with its impact felt disproportionately by the Global South. In a world grappling with increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and erratic weather patterns, one of the most salient repercussions is the displacement of populations. Yet, the ramifications of climate change on human mobility are multifaceted. Beyond merely inducing migration or displacement, it exacerbates vulnerabilities of potential migrants, migrants in transit, and migrants after their arrival at their destinations. In light of this, it is imperative to interrogate how climate change intersects with the reciprocal relationship between migration and development processes.Responding to this, our panel seeks to unravel the intricate connections between climate change, human mobility, and vulnerabilities in the Global South. Beyond the widely referenced term "climate refugee", we assert the need to recognize the myriad causes and manifestations of climate-induced and climate-affected migration. These can span from voluntary adaptive transitions to outright forced displacements, internal or cross-border movements, or even climate-related immobility. In this exploration, we highlight the intertwining of climatic factors and migratory movements with elements such as poverty, governance, institutional constraints, socio-economic disparities, and socio-cultural facets like age, race, class, and gender. Striving to bridge existing disciplinary chasms in this research domain, we offer a holistic view into challenges faced before, en route, and at migration destinations. We look at how the added burden of climate change affects the adaptation and migration strategies of the individuals affected.  The panel will also venture into policy terrain, emphasizing the role of government and NGO stakeholders in mitigating or responding to climate-induced or -affected migration. In summary, the paper presentations included endeavor to illuminate the multifaceted nexus of climate, migration, and precarity in the Global South, offering insights into the challenges faced and their potential solutions.