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New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental Change and Human Mobility

Institute for the Study of Diplimacy Working Group Report, April 2017

Authored by: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Country: United States
Year: 2017

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Executive Summary

Environmental changes shape internal and external patterns of human
movement around the globe—both sudden, large-scale displacement
and the more difficult to track slow-onset migration. These changes in
many cases put human security at risk. Increasingly, climate change and
man-made environmental shifts have profound implications for global
patterns of mobility and resettlement. To explore how climate change
drives migration, and discuss how global patterns of mobility and
resettlement are likely to affect stability and security around the world,
in the fall of 2016 the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy convened a
working group on “New Challenges to Human Security: Environmental
Change and Human Mobility.” Experts in climate change, migration,
and security policy joined a number of senior policymakers to explore
the nexus between climate change and human security, focusing on
environment-linked migration and its implications for policy.