Drought, conflict and migration in Kenya: Researchers spoke with Kenyans to understand how drought-induced migration effects violence

As droughts worsen across the globe, more people who earn their living through farming and owning livestock are forced to leave their homes. Many academics and policymakers predict that the rise in migration may lead to an increase in violent conflict. However, most existing studies on the topic use country-level or regional data that fail to capture how water shortages directly impact the risk of violence within a population. To better understand the issue, a research team spoke directly with Kenyans affected by the changing environment. 

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-- Andrew Linke, assistant professor, Department of Geography, University of Utah; Peace Research Institute Oslo; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., office 801-585-5420

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