Weak links: Challenging the climate & mixed migration paradigm in the Horn of Africa & Yemen

When mobility drivers are scrutinised and climate change is found to play a role in movement, it remains difficult to determine the extent of its influence. Misleading claims about mass migration induced by climate change continue to surface in both academia and policy. There are arguments to indicate that research needs to move beyond simplistic assumptions so that it “more accurately advances knowledge of the nexus between human mobility and climate change”. Some advocate a shift towards adopting the more flexible concepts of “climate mobility” and “climate immobility” instead of the more rigid “climate-induced migration”. Despite some evidence for climate-induced cross-border movement, there is a strong likelihood that involuntary immobility will become the biggest and most relevant issue in the Horn of Africa when it comes to the link between environment and mobility.