Diaspora, Removal, and Migration: Disasters and the Movement of People

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which noted that today's "growing global phenomenon of large movements of refugees and migrants" and "unprecedented level of human mobility" are driven in part by "the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters (some of which may be linked to climate change), or other environmental factors." What is the relationship between disaster and the movement of people? As the declaration suggests, many disasters force or encourage the migration of people either internally or across international borders. After a disaster or in preparation for a coming disaster, governments, planners, or others sometimes move communities, either willingly or not, as part of rebuilding or mitigation strategy. Disasters also exist in the context of already-occuring migration. Pre-existing diasporic communities may raise funds or encourage international attention to disaster in the home region, or they may shape the political and diplomatic response to disaster in their host country. This session seeks to understand the multifaceted and complex connection between disaster and the movement of people.
Session Organizer:
Jacob REMES, New York University, USA
Oral Presentations
‘Land That We Love’: Responses By Sierra Leonean Diaspora Communities to the West African Ebola Outbreak
Ryann MANNING, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Canada
Tsunami Colonies : Rehabilitating or Ghettoizing the Disaster-Affected?
Jones Thomas SPARTEGUS, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, India
Responses, Practices, and Processes of European Disaster Management and International Humanitarian Aid Operations in the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis
Cordula DITTMER, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany; Daniel F. LORENZ, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany