People have always migrated temporally or definitively during periods of droughts, floods, and other climatic events. However, since anthropogenic climate change entered the international political agenda, interest in the links between environmental change and migration has spiked.

Although climate change cannot be isolated from the other social, political, environmental, and demographic factors that together shape migration, human-driven environmental change adds very important dimensions of equity and responsibility into the equation. While research has greatly evolved from environmental deterministic explanations to more sophisticated accounts of migration in the context of climate change, migration is still often either framed as a “problem to be solved” or as a “solution to be managed”.

Utilizing contemporary information and analysis, the Handbook provides an in-depth examination of the major analytical questions pertaining to migration and asylum, while discussing key areas such as work, welfare, families, citizenship, the relationship between migration and development, asylum and irregular migration. The handbook collects essays written by leading contributors from different world regions and covering a broad range of disciplines, including sociology, geography, legal studies, political science, and economics.