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Retreat from a Rising SeaHard Choices in an Age of Climate Change$
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Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168441

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168441.001.0001

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The Cruelest Wave

The Cruelest Wave

Climate Refugees

(p.127) 9 The Cruelest Wave
Retreat from a Rising Sea

Orrin H. Pilkey

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis

Keith C. Pilkey

Columbia University Press

The climate refugee problem will dwarf the current political refugee problem facing western Europe. Bangladesh with millions of people on the delta will provide the greatest number of refugees that will flee to India or Myanmar. India is building the Great Wall of India in anticipation of this future flow of humanity. Currently, most people leaving the delta are fleeing to Dhaka or to other major cities near deltas. On a local scale all over the world, beachfront dwellers will be moving back, often into already crowded cities.

Keywords:   climate refugees, Bangladesh, atolls, environmental refugees, deltas, the global refugee problem

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