Atlas of Environmental Migration

Context and objectives of the project

The subject of environmental migration is relatively new on the international scene, attracting more and more attention from the general public, the media, researchers and policy makers. In fact, human migration linked to climate and environmental change is at the heart of the issues of adaptation, economic and social development, security and the protection of rights, crisis and disaster management, social consequences climate change and environmental degradation, as well as international governance. Unmanaged and unplanned migration related to environmental challenges can undermine development efforts, deplete livelihoods and lead to community instability. At the same time, migration can be a positive coping and livelihood strategy for communities and individuals affected by environmental degradation.

The objective of this project is to improve understanding of the complex links between migration, the environment and climate change, and to strengthen the knowledge and data base needed to develop comprehensive policies and approaches to address climate change. prevent, prepare and respond to environmental and climate change. While the empirical literature on this subject remains sparse, the Atlas of Environmental Migration is pioneering in bringing together existing knowledge on this subject and presenting it in the form of maps, diagrams, graphs and illustrations produced by a team of experts. professional cartographers, accompanied by analytical texts prepared under the supervision of world experts.

The Atlas explores issues of terminology and definition, as well as the main issues around this topic, such as the factors involved, climate change and adaptation, the link with development and conflict, issues related to differences gender equality, rights and protection, financing, and governance. Case studies focusing on specific countries or regions will illustrate the complex migration dynamics that exist in relation to environmental change.Published in several languages ​​by two major international publishing houses, the Atlas of Environmental Migration will be accessible worldwide, and will accompany IOM's efforts to inform policymakers, strengthen national institutional capacities, and support States. in the development of solutions to face challenges and opportunities related to migration, the environment and climate change.


The project targets politicians, professionals in the fields of migration and the environment, including in the education sector, but also the general public interested in this theme.


The project has been in place since October 2013. The French version of the Atlas of Environmental Migration was published in bookstores on March 17, 2016.

Project coordination

The project is coordinated by the IOM headquarters in Geneva (Dina Ionesco, , +41 22 717 94 81) and the IOM office in Paris (Daria Mokhnacheva, , + 33 1 40 44 06 91).

Partners and donors

The project is set up by IOM in partnership with Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (UVSQ) and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). It is financially supported by the following organizations:

  • Belgium  : University of Liège, Free University of Brussels, ISDT Wernaers Foundation (FNRS)
  • Europe  : COST
  • France  : Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
  • Japan : The Nippon Foundation
  • Switzerland  : SME Foundation
  • Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

In addition, the project relies on close collaborations and partnerships with international, inter- and non-governmental organizations (UN, IDMC, IFRC, DARA, UNU-EHS). research institutes, and academic partners specializing in the field of migration, environment and climate change.

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Atlas des migrations environnementales