The micle research project – migration, climate & environment

To date there is little scientifically validated knowledge about the relation between climate change, environmental changes and migration. It also remains unclear whether or not Europe will have to reckon with an increasing number of migrants as a result of climate change. The members of the micle research project are investigating the social-ecological conditions under which population movements take place. The relevance of environmental and climate change for migration decisions is studied, based on the neighbouring Sahelian countries Mali and Senegal.

The project aims at a better understanding of the complex interactions between ecological, social, demographic, economic and political factors. The practical objective is to identify possible courses of action for political decision makers and societal stakeholders. This joint project runs until Aril 2014 and is coordinated by the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research. Associated partner is the Department of Geography at the University of Bayreuth.

06 / 18 / 2014

Climate change and migration in the Sahel region

In the debate on climate change, the argument is often advanced that there will be a global increase in “climate refugees”. However, so far there is scant evidence for the link between climate change, environmental change, and migration. The MICLE research project, which is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), has studied this connection in selected areas of the Sahel region. [more]


11 / 11 / 2013

On the connection between education and migration

Which significance can be assigned to formal education when it comes to migration in regions that are affected by environmental changes? Does the level of education influence people’s decision to leave their home? These are the questions the ISOE-researchers Victoria van der Land and Diana Hummel dealt with in the context of the project “micle”: In the Sahel region that is characterized by droughts, an international research team led by ISOE had a look at the connection between climate induced environmental changes and migration movements.[more]


06 / 26 / 2012

Spring 2012 survey on migration and environmental changes

During the spring of 2012, the micle-team surveyed more than 900 people in Bandiagara (Mali) and Linguère (Senegal) on migration and environmental changes. In addition to qualitative interviews, the comprehensive social-empirical research included a transnational standardised questionnaire (survey). [more]


03 / 02 / 2012

Climate Change, Environment and Migration in the Sahel – Working Paper from micle project

In the research project micle a first working paper has been published. The working paper provides a summarized state of the art of selected issues analyzed within the project.[more]


03 / 02 / 2012

The survey phase has started

The micle research team has left to West Africa to conduct empirical studies in the study regions Bandiagara in Mali and Linguère in Senegal as well as in the capitals Bamako and Dakar. Their studies will shed light on peoples' living conditions and the reasons for migration. [more]


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