Willingness to help climate migrants: A survey experiment in the Korail slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh

School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) Professor and Director Nives Dolšak, University of Washington (UW) Political Science Doctoral Student Rachel Castellano, and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article published on PLOS ONE titled “Willingness to help climate migrants: A survey experiment in the Korail slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

Bangladesh faces a severe rural to urban migration challenge, which is accentuated by climate change and the Rohingya crisis. These migrants often reside in urban slums and struggle to access public services, which are already short in supply for existing slum dwellers. Given the inadequacy of governmental efforts, nonprofits have assumed responsibility for providing essential services such as housing, healthcare, and education. The authors asked the question “would local slum-dwellers in Dhaka be willing to support such nonprofits financially?” and deployed an in-person survey experiment to assess Dhaka slum-dwellers’ willingness to support a humanitarian charity that provides healthcare services to migrants. Bangladesh is noted as a climate change hotspot and its government is vocal about the climate issue in international forums. While the authors expected this to translate into public support for climate migrants, they found respondents are 16% less likely to support climate migrants in relation to the generic migrants.

Read the full paper here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0249315