Climate Change and its Oncoming Effects on Migration and Policy in the U.S. and France

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2023-05-03 13:04:17


Political Science

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Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019


While the world carries on, the earth is changing. Climate change is a problem today that brings with it many effects on the modern world. The main effect down the line will be mass migration, which brings up an important question: How will migration due to climate change affect the law and public sentiments towards immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers? Within this question, independent variables include climate change and migration while dependent variables are the law and public sentiments. For the purpose of this paper, the United States and France will be used as examples of Western nations that migrants may travel to. The laws pertaining to France within the E.U. and U.N. will be assessed along with U.S. immigration law that pertains to asylum-seekers and refugees. Since mass migration due to climate change has not yet occurred, only hypotheses can be made to intelligently assume what may happen in regard to how the topic/people will be handled. One includes that the United States is less likely to follow international law on asylum-seekers because of climate change migration that is to come. The second hypothesis focuses on how, due to climate change migration, public sentiments will grow negatively towards newcomers (immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees). Navigating the maze of the interconnected dynamics of this vital issue is important in order to understand where the world is headed in the near future is crucial.

Research Sponsor

Terry O'sullivan

First Reader

Bill Lyons

Second Reader

Ron Gelleny

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