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Vulnerabilities and migration in Small Island Developing States in the context of climate change


  • Alex Julca


  • Oliver Paddison



The unique characteristics of Small Island Developing States and structural vulnerabilities they face in terms of development have earned them particular consideration in the development agenda. This article sheds light on some of the vulnerabilities that these countries face, making particular reference to their environmental and economic vulnerabilities. It then highlights the ambiguous role that international migration plays in the recreation of those vulnerabilities. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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  • Alex Julca & Oliver Paddison, 2010. "Vulnerabilities and migration in Small Island Developing States in the context of climate change," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 55(3), pages 717-728, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nathaz:v:55:y:2010:i:3:p:717-728
    DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9384-1

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    1. Lesly Cassin & Paolo Melindi-Ghidi & Fabien Prieur, 2020. "Confronting climate change: Adaptation vs. migration strategies in Small Island Developing States," CEE-M Working Papers hal-02515116, CEE-M, Universtiy of Montpellier, CNRS, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro.
    2. Aretano, Roberta & Semeraro, Teodoro & Petrosillo, Irene & De Marco, Antonella & Pasimeni, Maria Rita & Zurlini, Giovanni, 2015. "Mapping ecological vulnerability to fire for effective conservation management of natural protected areas," Ecological Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 295(C), pages 163-175.
    3. Genave, Anna & Blancard, St├ęphane & Garabedian, Sabine, 2020. "An assessment of energy vulnerability in Small Island Developing States," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 171(C).

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