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#53: Resettlement of Ecological Migrants in Georgia: Recent Developments and Trends in Policy, Implementation, and Perceptions
Justin Lyle
Tbilisi: European Centre for Minority Issues, Caucasus
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Since the early 1980s, climate change has exacerbated a trend of migration from densely populated mountainous areas in Georgia, chiefly in the Svaneti and Adjara regions, where the livelihoods of the mountain populations have increasingly been threatened by natural disasters. Over the past thirty years, tens of thousands of people have been made homeless as a result of flooding, landslides, and avalanches. However, the needs of so-called ecological migrants, or eco-migrants, i.e. people who have been displaced from their homes due to natural disasters, are a severely neglected issue in Georgia.

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