Climate change and migration: law and policy perspectives in Bangladesh

Mostafa Mahmud Naser*

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Global climate change and consequent potential migration pose a number of challenges and are becoming increasingly important policy issues for Bangladesh. Therefore, policy responses need to deal with diverse issues, including sustainable development (SD), adaptation to climate change, and humanitarian assistance, to address the future challenges posed by climate change and consequent human displacement. There is no simple and straightforward solution to the challenges posed by climate-induced migration, and a "one-size-fits-all" approach will not effectively resolve the complex nature, and patterns, of population displacement. Rather than any single approach, a multifarious, comprehensive, proactive, and coherent policy approach is imperative for managing climate-induced migration in an orderly and humane manner. Based on the available data regarding the environment, climate change, and migration, this paper suggests a range of policy tools and approaches. It also sets out a road map showing how policy interventions could contribute to better integrating the full spectrum of migration issues and concerns into an overall environmental and developmental policy, and vice versa, within Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-53
Number of pages19
JournalAsian Journal of Law and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bangladesh
  • climate change
  • human migration
  • legal framework
  • legal reform


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