Special Issue "Migration and Land"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mariel Aguilar-Støen
Guest Editor
Center for Development and Environment, University of Oslo, Postboks 1116 Blindern, 0317 OSLO, Norway
Interests: migration; REDD; land use change; environmental governance in Latin America
Dr. Lindsey Carte
Guest Editor
Núcleo de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco 4780000, Chile
Interests: migration; migrant-sending communities; land tenure; feminist geography; Latin America
Dr. Claudia A. Radel
Guest Editor
Department of Environment & Society, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5215, USA
Interests: gender and agrarian change, conservation, and natural resource management & assets; migration and land-use change; smallholder livelihood dynamics.
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Dr. Birgit Schmook
Guest Editor
Department of Biodiversity Conservation, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) Chetumal, Chetumal 77014, Mexico
Interests: smallholder livelihoods; migration; conservation; land use change; Mesoamerica

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Migration and land processes have numerous connections. Migration involves different origins and destinations, can be rural or urban, national or international, and can consist of different groups of peoples moving for different reasons and over different timespans. This diversity results in complex and uneven land–migration coupling mediated by social, political, and economic conditions. This Special Issue aims to bring together work at the land–migration interface with conceptual contributions, case studies from around the world, and new insights to enhance the understanding of land–migration relationships.

We invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • migration resulting in land use and land cover changes in origin or destination locations;
  • displacement from land or land-based resources leading to migration;
  • land transitions or consolidations that precipitate either in- or out-migration;
  • amenity migration and land change;
  • intersections of migration with land tenure, land governance, and environmental conflicts;
  • land system telecoupling through migration and remittance flows;
  • conditions enabling shared spaces in the context of migration;
  • south–south migration and its distinct relationships to land;
  • how gendered migration relates to land and land change.

Dr. Mariel Aguilar-Støen
Dr. Lindsey Carte
Dr. Claudia A. Radel
Dr. Birgit Schmook
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • land acquisition
  • land tenure
  • land use change
  • migrant livelihoods
  • migration landscapes
  • migration telecoupling
  • mobility/immobility
  • remittance use

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Migration, Remittances, and Forest Cover Change in Rural Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico
Land 2020, 9(3), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9030088 - 17 Mar 2020
This article investigates how migration and remittances affect forest cover in eight rural communities in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. Based on household surveys and remote sensing data, we found little evidence to support the widespread claim that migration takes pressure off forests. In [...] Read more.
This article investigates how migration and remittances affect forest cover in eight rural communities in Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. Based on household surveys and remote sensing data, we found little evidence to support the widespread claim that migration takes pressure off forests. In the Chiapas sites, we observed no significant changes in forest cover since 1990, while in the Guatemalan sites, migration may have increased demand for agricultural land, leading to an average annual forest loss of 0.73% during the first decade of the millennium. We suggest that when attractive opportunities exist to invest in agriculture and land expansion, remittances and returnee savings provide fresh capital that is likely to increase pressure on forests. Our study also has implications for the understanding of migration flows; in particular, migration has not implied an exodus out of agriculture for the remaining household members nor for the returning migrants. On the contrary, returning migrants are more likely to be involved in farming activities after their return than they were before leaving. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migration and Land)
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