Assessing vulnerability of remittance-recipient and non-recipient households in rural communities affected by extreme weather events: Case studies from South-West China and North-East India

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title = "Assessing vulnerability of remittance-recipient and non-recipient households in rural communities affected by extreme weather events: Case studies from South-West China and North-East India",
abstract = "Migration is one way in which rural households can seek to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. However, migration also carries risks and costs, such that vulnerability may not be reduced. This article constructs an index of rural households{\textquoteright} vulnerability to extreme weather events, in order to explore how key components of vulnerability relate to migration. Applied to case studies in India and China, the study finds that the impact of remittances is non-linear. While overall, in Assam few differences were found in the vulnerability of households that did and did not receive remittances, in Yunnan, remittance recipient households were found to have less adaptive capacity in response to drought. However, those who had received remittances over longer periods were found to have improved adaptive capacity in both case studies, and in Yunnan, their exposure to such events was also lower. Meanwhile in Assam, longer-distance migration was associated with reduced exposure to flooding, and with specific forms of adaptation. The vulnerability index developed has capacity to be used in assessments of effects of migration on vulnerability elsewhere.",
keywords = "Vulnerability, Climate Change, Migration, Remittances, India, China",
author = "Soumyadeep Banerjee and Richard Black and Arabinda Mishra and Dominic Kniveton",
year = "2018",
month = may,
day = "23",
doi = "10.1002/psp.2157",
language = "English",
journal = "Population Space and Place",
issn = "1544-8444",
publisher = "Wiley",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Assessing vulnerability of remittance-recipient and non-recipient households in rural communities affected by extreme weather events

T2 - Case studies from South-West China and North-East India

AU - Banerjee, Soumyadeep

AU - Black, Richard

AU - Mishra, Arabinda

AU - Kniveton, Dominic

PY - 2018/5/23

Y1 - 2018/5/23

N2 - Migration is one way in which rural households can seek to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. However, migration also carries risks and costs, such that vulnerability may not be reduced. This article constructs an index of rural households’ vulnerability to extreme weather events, in order to explore how key components of vulnerability relate to migration. Applied to case studies in India and China, the study finds that the impact of remittances is non-linear. While overall, in Assam few differences were found in the vulnerability of households that did and did not receive remittances, in Yunnan, remittance recipient households were found to have less adaptive capacity in response to drought. However, those who had received remittances over longer periods were found to have improved adaptive capacity in both case studies, and in Yunnan, their exposure to such events was also lower. Meanwhile in Assam, longer-distance migration was associated with reduced exposure to flooding, and with specific forms of adaptation. The vulnerability index developed has capacity to be used in assessments of effects of migration on vulnerability elsewhere.

AB - Migration is one way in which rural households can seek to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. However, migration also carries risks and costs, such that vulnerability may not be reduced. This article constructs an index of rural households’ vulnerability to extreme weather events, in order to explore how key components of vulnerability relate to migration. Applied to case studies in India and China, the study finds that the impact of remittances is non-linear. While overall, in Assam few differences were found in the vulnerability of households that did and did not receive remittances, in Yunnan, remittance recipient households were found to have less adaptive capacity in response to drought. However, those who had received remittances over longer periods were found to have improved adaptive capacity in both case studies, and in Yunnan, their exposure to such events was also lower. Meanwhile in Assam, longer-distance migration was associated with reduced exposure to flooding, and with specific forms of adaptation. The vulnerability index developed has capacity to be used in assessments of effects of migration on vulnerability elsewhere.

KW - Vulnerability

KW - Climate Change

KW - Migration

KW - Remittances

KW - India

KW - China

UR - http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/25604/

U2 - 10.1002/psp.2157

DO - 10.1002/psp.2157

M3 - Article

JO - Population Space and Place

JF - Population Space and Place

SN - 1544-8444

ER -