TransRe Working Paper No 7

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Annex I - German Abstract Dowload here
Annex II - Currently Used Migration-Related Disaster Risk Indicators | Full Table Dowload here
Annex III - Conceptual/ Empirical Validity of Migration Impacts | Full Table Dowload here
Annex IV - Expert Survey (blank) Dowload here

Operationalizing Migration Impacts for Index-Based Disaster Risk Assessments

A Systematic Approach to Migration as Multidimensional Risk Dynamic

by Svenja Enge

ABSTRACT:
Migration is one of the most important population dynamics in the world and thus has diverse impacts on socio-ecological systems, including their risk to be harmed by disasters.
However, the prevailing one-sided notion of migration as mostly risk increasing factor in current index-based disaster risk assessments lags far behind the multifaceted academic discourse about migration impacts on particularly vulnerability and resilience dynamics. At the same time, index-based risk assessments are a widely used tool in policy making, whose missing incorporation of a holistic migration theory is one factor questioning its imprudent application.
This thesis seeks to reflect on this issue by taking a systematic approach to address conceptual, theoretical and practical questions concerning the operationalization of migration in index-based disaster risk analysis. The results are a new conceptual model to combine migration and disaster risk theory, an assessment of the current recognition of migration in disaster risk indices, and a literature- and expert interview-based development and discussion of potential migration-related risk indicators, which could enhance a better incorporation of migration impacts in disaster risk analysis in the future.

Language of the Working Paper: English

KEYWORDS: Risk Analysis, Migration, Disaster Risk Indices, Vulnerability Indicator, Resilience Indicator, Mobility

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