Climate change and migrations

Global warming multiplies natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and hurricanes. But though climate events of this sort may be extremely violent they do not necessarily trigger migrations—i.e., population movements to, and lasting resettlement in, relatively distant places; often they cause temporary displacement instead. In this case exposed inhabitants are likely to develop more resistant buildings and generally rethink their structures to successfully cope with climate-related risks. Environmental change, on the other hand, which is more gradual and less immediately devastating, may well induce migration.

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Women’s emancipation

Growing émancipation of women in our societies during the twentieth century


Religions and immigration in France

Whereas secularization has been advancing in France in the last several decades and the number of Catholics—Catholicism remains the country’s most largely followed religion—continues to decrease, religion in immigrant communities serves a cultural and social function and varies in intensity by immigrant origin. Over 75% of immigrants and members of the second generation aged 18 to 50 report having a religion.

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