1 May 2017

CLISEL holds project workshop on 'Migration as adaptation?'

The third event in the CLISEL workshop series on climate change, migration, security: the role of city councils took place on Friday, 21 April at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

The members of the research consortium from the University of Cagliari and the Centre for Local Authorities of Sardinia attended the workshop, which was chaired by Professor Elisa Fornalé of the World Trade Institute (WTI).

The workshop addressed the legal implications of the linkages between human mobility and climate change. In particular, it called into question the emerging role of labour migration as a successful adaptation strategy, as well as drawing on the experiences and perspectives of local authorities on such issues.

The local mayors expressed considerable interest and a willingness to collaborate and exchange points of view, particularly during the interactive activities. During the networking session, interviews were conducted with representatives of local authorities.

CLISEL is a coordination and support action funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme that explores the climate-security nexus from the perspective of local administrations and communities.

The project proposes an innovative approach to the question of how Europe can be secured from the impacts of climate change in third countries. The aim is to understand the extent to which migrants are perceived as a security issue, as well as the policies and actions through which local administrators can ward off the emergence of a security crisis within their territory, with a special focus on the Italian region of Sardinia, taken as a pilot case-study.

The 36-month project, which started in May 2016, involves five institutions from around Europe, including the WTI.

For more information, please visit the CLISEL website.