Current Call

Each month, we will issue a new Call for Submissions focussed on a theme chosen by the editors. The theme for July-August is Migration and Environmental Change. _____________________________________________________________

Rolling submissions of essays, ideas, visuals and comments accepted until 10 September 2007

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For two whole months, we invite submissions to Intersections on the topic of Migration and Environmental Change. Inspired by his efforts, we have invited François Gemenne of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM, of the University of Liège and the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI, at Sciences Po Paris, to contribute to this Summer Special CFP:

As natural disasters and climate change frequently make headlines in the media, their consequences on human settlements raise increasing concerns from policy-makers and scholars alike. In particular, the possible population movements that would be triggered by climate change have attracted widespread attention, some predicting that up to 200 million people could be displaced by 2050.

Despite these concerns, the intricate and complex linkages between environment and migration remain poorly understood and under-researched. The academic debate revolves around those contending that large refugee flows will be triggered by environmental change in a near future, and those who question the direct causality between environmental change and forced migration, insisting on the multiple, intertwined factors leading to migration. While the term ‘environmental refugees’ is gaining currency, the need to better understand the nexus environment-migration has never been more pressing, especially from an empirical point of view. How do environmental factors interact with other factors in the migration decision? How are these migrants dealt with by states and governments? What kind of assistance do they need? Will an increase in environmental changes lead to an increase of forced migrants? What kind of environmental changes trigger migration?

As usual, we welcome all kinds of audio, visual and written production, as well as commentary and debate, to be sent to