Health Disorder of Climate Migrants in Khulna City:An Urban Slum Perspective

Rahaman, Muhammad Abdur and Rahman, Mohammad and Bahauddin, Khalid Md. and Khan, Shakil and Hassan, Md Shareful (2018) Health Disorder of Climate Migrants in Khulna City:An Urban Slum Perspective. International Migration, 56 (5). pp. 42-55. ISSN 0020-7985

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Abstract

As the most vulnerable climatic region in the country, Khulna City is increasingly experiencing climate-change-induced urban problems. For instance, occupancy by climate migrants (delete the term “illegal migrant”), drainage congestion, water logging and reduced fresh water availability are all increasing problems. In the last decade, the population in the city increased by more than 20 per cent due to migration from nearby climate vulnerable districts. This study explores the health disorders of climate migrants occupying the urban slums and squats of the Khulna City area. This study found that these climate migrants settled in the urban slums and squats and, as such, they do not have access to urban amenities such as clean drinking water, hygiene services, and health facilities. This study noted that these displaced people are at increased risk of health issues from unhygienic and overcrowded living conditions and from water and sanitation problems. They often suffer from different waterborne diseases, under-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. This study suggests that there is a need for better planning, preparation and training in Bangladesh to which migrants move, including better training in health and related services on how to recognize and respond to health problems that may be slow to manifest. Education and training also need to be provided for the migrants themselves, to help them adapt culturally and to enhance their skills and potential for employment.

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Journal Article
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International Migration
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11 Oct 2021 13:10
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