Doctoral thesis, funded by the FNRS 2005-2009. Defended on April 3rd, 2009.


Though environmental factors have always been migration drivers, the relationship between environment and migration has only been recently formalized through the concept of environmental migration. The dissertation seeks to examine how the competing conceptualisations of environmental migration have shaped the policy responses that relate to the migration of people triggered by environmental changes, and also how these policy responses have in turn informed the scholarly debates on the conceptualisation of the phenomenon as a social construct. The major ambition of the dissertation is to demonstrate how policy discourses and scholarly concepts are interlinked in the merging process of developing a normative frame of response to environmental migration.