How does capitalism and climate change shape local contexts of vulnerability and migration? I address this question by examining how these global forces interact with social and cultural dynamics in the Marshall Islands. I find that capitalism and climate change affect vulnerability differently on outer islands and the main island of Majuro. I also find that social and cultural shifts towards individualism and modernization encourage perceptions that migration is ambitious and laudable. These perceptions promote migration despite harsh economic realities in migration destinations. Two organizations partnered in this research, the Marshall Islands Conservation Society and the International Organization for Migration.
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies,
University of Wisconsin - Madison