Preparing Australia for a potential surge in environmental migration

Julian Bolleter, Bill Grace, Robert Freestone

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Projections for the number of people displaced by climate change globally are startling and vary from 100 million to 1 billion; however, a widely repeated prediction is for 200 million by the mid-twenty-first century. Although difficult to estimate, some proportion of these people will cross borders and end up in Global North countries. This paper offers a provocation on the implications for Australian cities. It reviews Australia's significant strategic planning policies in light of a possible mid-future surge in environmental migrants and considers how such policies could better prepare Australian cities. The paper concludes that a National Urban Policy could strengthen strategic preparedness for environmental migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-24
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Planner
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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