Migration and adaptation in Italy: why should we care?
Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing global issues which, together with migration, has been recently at the top of the international community’s agenda. People’s mobility may indeed be influenced by climate, among many other political, social, economic, and demographic factors. However, the construction of the link between people’s mobility and climate change has overemphasized the perception of migration as a consequence of the adverse impacts of climate change, such as slow onset disasters (which evolve gradually over time such as sea-level rise, drought, desertification) and sudden onset disasters (e.g. hurricanes, floods). From such a viewpoint, climate change is believed to potentially generate ‘mass’ migration.