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Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance$
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Tim Krieger, Diana Panke, and Michael Pregernig

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202168.001.0001

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Extractive Resources, Conflicts and Migration

Extractive Resources, Conflicts and Migration

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(p.37) 3 Extractive Resources, Conflicts and Migration
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Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance
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Indra de Soysa

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529202168.003.0003

This chapter focuses on non-renewable resources and their relation to conflict and migration. It explores the argument that conflict is not brought by scarcity of these resources, but rather by resource abundance and the fact that they make looting possible. Access to valuable non-renewable resources, such as energy resources, can create crises of governance. Accountability decreases and rent seeking and corruption become common behaviors. ‘Lootable’ resources increase the possibilities of high political repression and income inequality, which then cause small and large-scale ‘uprooting’. Thus, tackling the issue of bad governance is key in order to solve migration flows caused by ‘lootable’ conflicts.

Keywords:   resource abundance, non-renewable resources, ‘lootable’ conflicts, migration, ‘looting and uprooting’, bad governance, political repression

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