The Numbers Game

By Oli Brown on September 23, 2008

Forced Migration Review (FMR)—the leading practical publication on refugee and displacement issues—is published by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

The October issue of FMR has a major focus on climate change and displacement. In response to growing pressures on landscapes and livelihoods, people are moving, communities are adapting. This issue of FMR debates the numbers, the definitions and the modalities—and the tension between the need for research and the need to act.

Thirty-seven articles by UN, academic, international and local actors explore the extent of the potential displacement crisis, community adaptation and coping strategies, and the search for solutions. One article, "The numbers game," is by IISD's Oli Brown, who writes of the need for better data collection and numerical forecasting. More accurate estimates of the numbers of future forced climate migrants are critical to planning for what is widely viewed as one of the major impacts of climate change.

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