What are the characteristics of migrations resulting from water scarcity? What are the challenges? We invite you to Elżbieta Czapka’s talk “In search of water: climate migrants/refugees” on Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 10:00 in the Limnological Station of the University of Gdańsk.

The event is organised by Prof. Julita Dunalska, Head of the Limnological Station of UG.

Below is an abstract:

The history of mankind is the history of migration. People have always migrated, mainly in search of new places to live. Statistics show that today we are seeing more migratory movements than ever before. Already 280 million people are migrants who have crossed their national borders (UN, 2022). In addition, as many as 763 million people have migrated within their own country for various reasons. Among them, a large and rapidly growing group are migrants leaving their place of residence due to scarcity of natural resources, including water. In many parts of the world, it can be observed how complex and interrelated the problems of climate change, water scarcity, displacement, migration and armed conflict are. Undoubtedly, water governance has become an important issue in many regional, national and international migration policies.

Elżbieta Czapka, PhD is a sociologist. She works at the Institute of Sociology, University of Gdańsk. At the Centre for Sustainable Development she is the Coordinator of the International Cooperation Programme.