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

In the research project micle - “Migration, Climate and Environmental Changes in the Sahel” a first working paper has been published. The project investigates the social-ecological conditions of population movements in Mali and Senegal. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to a better understanding of the complex relationships between (climate-related) environmental changes and migration. The working paper provides a summarized state of the art of selected issues analyzed within the project.

  • an outline of the current scientific debate on climate change, environment and migration
  • climatic and environmental conditions in the Sahel in general and Mali and Senegal in particular
  • the changing patterns of migration into and from West Africa
  • the most important international, regional and national policies concerning migration in both countries
  • an overview of the conceptual approach of the micle project.


Sahelian countries are expected to be amongst the regions most affected by impacts of climate change such as hotter and drier climates, oscillations in precipitation patterns and land degradation. Internal and international migration is increasing in both countries. However, causes and motives for migration are diverse, and the relationship between ecosystem changes and population mobility is complex. Thus environmental changes cannot be easily separated from social, cultural, economic and political factors that have impacts on migration.

Title: Hummel, Diana/Martin Doevenspeck/Cyrus Samimi (Eds.) (2012): Climate Change, Environment and Migration in the Sahel. Selected Issues with a Focus on Senegal and Mali. Micle Working Paper No.1. Frankfurt am Main

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