Location security and environmental-induced displacement: a case study of the Riverine Islands in Bangladesh

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Blitz, B. 2014. Location security and environmental-induced displacement: a case study of the Riverine Islands in Bangladesh. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees. 29 (2), pp. 63-71. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1292964
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TitleLocation security and environmental-induced displacement: a case study of the Riverine Islands in Bangladesh
AuthorsBlitz, B.
Abstract

This article introduces the concept of ‘location security’ to describe the specific relationship between place, environ- mental and human security. It argues that ‘location security’ is determined by a location’s resilience to risk, understood in terms of the degree to which a specific region is protected by virtue of geographical endowments and has sufficient infrastructure to withstand and recover from the effects of environmental hazards and ensure that rights are protected. To illustrate the concept of location security, this article uses the sustainable livelihoods framework to explore actual and anticipated environmental pressures that affect the river deltas of Bangladesh, and examines the adaptation responses developed by the inhabitants of the riverine islands. A central finding of this article is that flexible migration and localised coping strategies based on acute knowledge of their local ecological and geological systems, enables the char dwellers to reduce their vulnerability. In this setting, human and environmental factors when harnessed may enhance agency to mitigate hazards.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC)
PublisherCentre for Refugee Studies, York University
JournalRefuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees
ISSN0229-5113
Publication dates
Print28 Feb 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Aug 2015
Accepted10 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
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Web address (URL)https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/39285
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1292964
LanguageEnglish
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