In September, I will start a PhD on Environmental Migration. In the discussion about the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels, a lot is said and written about the effects this will have on migration. But actually, we know very little about migration:
Where do people go if they lose their homes? Do they go to relatives, to the nearest city, do they even leave the country? Do they return? How do they themselves perceive the risk of flooding and which measures do they take to protect themselves?
As sea levels rise too slowly to study their effects directly, our project will look at a river basin in Bangladesh that doesn’t have a fixed bed, but changes its course every year after the monsoon. As people settle directly next to the river, some of them will lose all or part of their land if the river banks are taken away by the flooding. This naturally occurring phenomenon gives us the chance to study how people react to this imminent danger.
I will use this space from time to time to give updates about the project – the first post coming up soon 🙂