Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Climate Change and Displacement: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East

Climate Change and Displacement

Friday, January 28, 2022

12:00pm – 1:30pm

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Migration within and across borders has become a global concern as people flee violence, political and social instability, and economic hardship. The effects of climate change, in particular, rising temperatures, sea levels, more intense storms, and droughts, already exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and are expected to become more significant in driving migration.

This discussion focuses on the experiences of migrants in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, exploring how climate change and environmental hazards exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and affect patterns of migration and the challenges that migrants face negotiating these, with a particular focus on the experiences of women. 

About the CLACS Speakers
Lucila Nejamkis 
is the Craig M. Cogut Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Brown University, for the 2021-2022 academic year. She is from Argentina and is currently a researcher in the Technological and Scientific Research National Council (CONICET,) an associate professor at Arturo Jauretche National University, and an associate researcher at IDAES (National University of San Martin, UNSAM), where she co-directs a migration studies center. Her work focuses on migration in Argentina and Mercosur through a variety of frameworks dealing with public policy, the state, nationality, citizenship, and human rights.

About the CMES Speakers

Yara M. Asi is an assistant professor of Global Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Arab Center, Washington DC, and a Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank. Her research focuses on health and development in fragile and conflict-affected states, including the threats posed by climate change in these contexts. She has written extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets including, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Nation.

Sabine Manigat is a professor at the Université d’Etat d’Haïti (ENS, INAGHEI, CTPEA) and the université Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince.  She graduated from the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in international relations, and from the Université de Paris VII with a Bachelor’s diploma in history, and holds an MSc degree from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico, where she taught and researched up to 1986.  Her research and publications focus on Haiti’s history and  political system, Caribbean relations and international migrations. Her publications include, Ayiti Ki demokrasi? El movimiento socal haitiano entre partidos y Estado – 1986 – 2006. Ed. CLACSO, serie investigaciones, 2014 ; ‘Las migraciones internacionales de los haitianos: una cultura, un drama’. 2013 (El Colegio de México, sous presse); ‘La dinámica histórica de las migraciones en Haití’, in  Haití y México  - hacia una nueva política de cooperación, ed. El Colegio de México, México, 2012.

Dina Najjar joined the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in 2014 as a social and gender specialist. A socio-cultural anthropologist by training, she focuses on the link between gender equality and policies, agricultural technologies and delivery systems, rural employment and migration, adaptation to climate change, and productive assets, including access to land and ownership, in the Middle East and North Africa. Her geographical expertise includes Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Sudan. She has also conducted research in Uzbekistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, and India. Dr. Najjar is fluent in Arabic and proficient in French and Swahili. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.