Drought Triggered Temporary Migration in an East Indian Village


  • This submission is part of a proposed special issue of the International Migration (IM) Journal titled ‘Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability’ guest edited by Tamer Afifi and Koko Warner (UNU-EHS).


This case study in the village of Khaliakani examines the impact of drought disasters on the rural population in the Indian state Orissa and analyses the importance of temporary migration as a coping and adaptation strategy. Social, economic, and spatial patterns of the forced migration caused by the last drought disaster in 2003 are being investigated at the household level in order to explore the links between vulnerability and temporary migration for labour. The drivers leading to environmental forced migration, the requirements necessary to migrate, and the resulting outcomes for the migrants are explored and comprised in a conceptual model of environmental forced migration for labour.