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Environmental Migration in Bolivia?: Perceived effects of climate variability on internal migration to the area of Sacaba
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There has been an on-going discussion between researchers regarding the economic and climate induced reasons for migration (Renaud et al. 2011, Afifi, 2011).  There also seems to be insufficient data when it comes to internal migration within low-income countries (Tacolí, 2009). This study focuses on the impact of climate change and climate variability on migration processes to the area of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Two communities were chosen as study areas: Lopez Rancho and Alto Paraíso, both located in the growing city of Sacaba in the department of Cochabamba. In total 13 semi-structured interviews were made, including three key-informants and ten migrants, of which nine were female and one was male. The results show that while perceived environmental changes had an impact on the decision to migrate for six out of the ten respondents, other factors, such as education, infrastructure, health services, economy and decisions based on the family as a whole, were also important. Future studies on this subject can include these factors into various frameworks and surveys so that the nature of migration flows can be understood better.  

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2016. , 33 p.
Uppsatser Kulturgeografiska institutionen
Keyword [en]
Bolivia, Sacaba, Climate change, Climate Variability, Environmental migration, Push and Pull, The New Economics of Labour Migration
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Social Sciences Social and Economic Geography Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276342OAI: diva2:902570
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Available from: 2016-02-12 Created: 2016-02-11 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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