Paper Publication on the Discourse of Cilmate Change and Human Mobility

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Should we be concerned over the impacts that climate change could have on human mobility? For many, the answer is affirmative. And given the anxieties that currently surround both migration and climate change, it is hardly surprising that the concept of climate refugees has gained prominence. Conveying the idea that global warming (through desertification, drought, sea level rise and extreme weather events) could cause large-scale displacement in several regions, the figure of the climate refugee offers a compelling although problematic visualization of the dramatic impacts that climate change might have on human societies and on migration.