Van Praag, L., Lietaer, S. & Michellier, C. 2021. ‘A Qualitative Study on How Perceptions of Environmental Changes areLinked to Migration in Morocco, Senegal, and DR Congo’. Human Ecology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-021-00278-1. I.F. 1.993.
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Environmental migration is a growing concern of academics and policymakers, who foresee a rise in the number of such migrants. However, most prevailing academic and policy discourses ignore the variety of perceptions of environmental changes among people living in highly affected areas across the world. We examine the perceptions of environmental changes and how these are seen to be relevant to migration in Senegal, DR Congo, and Morocco. In total, we conducted 410 interviews with people living in two regions in each of these countries. Results indicate differences in the perception of environmental changes across regions, gender, education, and livelihoods. The economic activities of individuals determine exposure and sensitivity to environmental changes, while educational levels increase familiarity with prevailing environmental discourses and policies. Despite country-specific and regional differences across research sites, few people perceived environmental factors as directly related to their own or family members’ migration projects.