Troubled teleconnections: migration, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate in Central America’s Northern Triangle

Lead PI: Dr. Susana Beatriz Adamo, Angel Munoz Solorzano

Unit Affiliation: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

Unit Affiliation: International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

January 2021 - December 2022
Central America
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Teleconnections between the COVID-19 pandemic, human mobility and climate have complex, interlinked, and location- and context-specific effects, which vary across social groups and over time. This proposal aims to investigate the observed and projected impacts of the compound risks of climate impacts and COVID-19 pandemic on current trends and future scenarios of climate-induced migration in Central America’s Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador), using a mixed methods approach based on diagnostic and projecting modeling and qualitative comparative analysis. We hypothesize that the COVID-19 pandemic is changing migration pathways in the Northern Triangle of Central America with interconnected effects in areas of origin and destination, due to enhanced population vulnerability, for example via increased food insecurity.


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