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Negotiating Migration in the Context of Climate ChangeInternational Policy and Discourse$
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Sarah Louise Nash

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201260

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201260.001.0001

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Conclusion: Closing the Policy Circle

Conclusion: Closing the Policy Circle

(p.175) 8 Conclusion: Closing the Policy Circle
Negotiating Migration in the Context of Climate Change

Sarah Louise Nash

Policy Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the arguments discussed in the book before turning to the future, extrapolating what these arguments could mean for future work on the migration and climate change nexus. The moral, so to speak, of this story is that changing policy making on migration and climate change does not just imply coming up with new policy ideas, populating a new policy domain with mentions of migration and climate change, or being open to a sprinkling of new faces in policy arenas. Instead, it entails reconsidering how people understand and talk about migration and climate change and undertaking a process of self-reflection: what perspective do people have on the issue and why? This does not necessarily involve interrogating the reasons why people are moving, or the extent to which people connect changes in weather patterns to their decisions to move or their inability to do so. Rather, this involves a process of critical reflection of the motives, both explicit and implicit, of the policy juggernaut. This perspective is really important if the migration and climate change nexus is going to exist as anything but a dire warning of the realities of climate change, and if policy responses are going to be transformative rather than buttresses for the current global state of affairs.

Keywords:   migration, climate change, policy making, policy ideas, policy arenas, self-reflection, policy responses

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