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Climate Displacement, Migration, and Relocation—And the United States

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  • 1 Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, and Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars burkettm@hawaii.edu
  • | 2 Director, Office of Recovery and Resiliency, New York City, Office of the Mayor, and former Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • | 3 Special Projects Coordinator, Concordia, New Orleans, and former Deputy Associate Director for Climate Equity, White House Council on Environmental Quality eshew@concordia.com
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Most studies of climate-related displacement to date have highlighted the needs of the Global South. However, the impacts of sudden and slow-onset events on population movement are not limited to locations distant from the Global North in time and space. Indeed, communities in the United States are already grappling with the emerging phenomena.1 Climate change impacts have forced uncommon conversations on planned relocation in diverse corners of the United States—from indigenous communities in precarious locations, to city-wide planning efforts to effectively host a probable migration from the us-affiliated Caribbean islands. The former is largely the result

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