Special Issue "Health and Health Care in the Context of Environmental and Climate-Related Migration"

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Barbara Schumann
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Interests: public health; global health; epidemiology; environmental health; climate change and health; weather impacts on human health; climate and health in Sweden, Africa, and India

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental hazards due to climate change and other anthropogenic processes are drivers of voluntary and forced migration, both cross-border and internally. These hazards include droughts, flooding, sea level rise, storms, salinization, land degradation, and deforestation, among others.

While human mobility can be an adaptive response to environmental change, a large part of migrants are considered displaced populations. In some regions, such as the Greater Horn of Africa, the scale of environmental forced displacement is substantial, posing a challenge for the displaced, host communities, aid organizations, and governments. The public health implications of environmental migration, however, are still not understood well.

This Special Issue welcomes original articles that address health issues related to environmental and climate-induced migration, in particular of people displaced by droughts and land degradation in low- and middle-income countries. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Slow onset events (droughts, salinization, soil erosion);
  • Sudden onset events (floods, cyclones);
  • Cross-border migration and forced displacement;
  • Internally displaced people;
  • Food and water safety, famine;
  • Mortality and morbidity, including infant and child health;
  • Disease outbreaks;
  • Mental health;
  • Gender-based violence;
  • Violent conflicts;
  • Availability and quality of health care services;
  • Living conditions in refugee camps and informal settlements.

Dr. Barbara Schumann
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Climate change
  • Environmental change and degradation
  • Droughts
  • Natural disasters
  • Floods, storms
  • Forced displacement
  • Migration
  • Food insecurity
  • Health, morbidity, mortality
  • Public health
  • Health care

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Health status and health care needs of drought-related migrants in the Horn of Africa - A qualitative investigation
Authors: Kristina Lindvall, John Kinsman, Barbara Schumann
Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Title: A climate and health risk exchange: Experiences of migration and health in the context of a changing climate in Bangladesh
Authors: Patricia Nayna Schwerdtle, Till Barnighausen, Samiya Selim, Sayeda Karim, Ina Danquah and Kate Barnighausen
Affiliation: Heidelberg Institute for Global Health, Heidelberg University, Germany

Title: Climate change, migration and health of relocating populations in Fiji
Authors: Celia McMichael, Teresia Powell, Annah Piggot-McKellar
Affiliation: School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

Back to TopTop