Do the effects of climate change actually cause civil wars? At the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg Christiane Fröhlich studies the causes of flight in the global south and the connections with climate change.

After a drought in Syria from 2005 to 2007 and the outbreak of civil war just a few years later, Christiane wondered to what extent the consequences of climate change could lead to conflict. To get to the bottom of this issue, she traveled to Jordan during her Mercator IPC Fellowship and spoke with Syrians who had left their homes after the drought in Syria and the civil war that began in 2011.

In an interview with us, the scientist explains her research findings in environmental conflict research and what climate-induced migration is all about.

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