The project "MIGRADAPT" (“Making Migration Work for Adaptation to Environmental Changes. A Belgian Appraisal”) focused on the impact of environmental factors on migration.

Environmental changes are increasingly influencing migration journeys and migrant’s activities in both the country of destination and origin. However, only few studies exist as to how migration could actually work for adaptation to environmental changes, and none of them addresses migration in Belgium.

MIGRADAPT focuses on recent migrations to Belgium from three different ‘climate hotspot’ countries: Morocco, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By connecting migrants in Belgium with their communities of origin, the transnational and multi-sited study’s goal is twofold. First, the researchers will analyse the role of environmental factors influencing traditional migration drivers throughout migrants’ fragmented journeys (with a particular attention to perceptions). Second, they will try to understand under which socio-economic and political conditions migrants in Belgium can support the adaptation and resilience of their communities of origin, through different types of remittances and initiatives.

MIGRADAPT includes four partners: ULB – Edwin Zaccai and Samuel Lietaer (Centre d'Etudes du Développement durable, IGEAT, Faculté des Sciences), l’ULg, University of Antwerp and d’Anvers and the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

End of the project: 15.04.2021

Created on August 29, 2018