Contemporary narratives on climate-induced migration and community engagement interventions in rural communities

A systematic literature review




Community engagement, climate change, migration, strategies


The Global Compact on Migration recognised climate change as a critical factor in migration and displacement and called on the global community to address the issue. However, recent reports suggest that global efforts to address the impacts of climate change on migration have not been able to address climate change-induced migration substantially. Global actions have often resulted in suboptimal outcomes. This study, therefore, sought to explore how local challenges can be leveraged in addressing global issues. A systematic literature review was conducted to analyse the potential of local solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change on migration. Information was obtained from full-text peer-reviewed journals published between 2010 to 2023 from the Scopus database. Atlas ti.23 was used to create codes and themes and then construct flowcharts that effectively demonstrate the importance of addressing issues at the local level when dealing with global challenges. This research contributes to the existing body of knowledge on how local approaches can mitigate the impact of climate on migration.

Author Biographies

Shadreck Muchaku, University of Fort Hare

Shadreck Muchaku
Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre, Alice Campus, University of Fort Hare, Alice,
South Africa

Grey Magaiza, University of the Free State

Grey Magaiza
University of the Free State, Center for Gender and Africa Studies, QwaQwa Campus,
Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa


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How to Cite

Muchaku, S., & Magaiza, G. (2023). Contemporary narratives on climate-induced migration and community engagement interventions in rural communities: A systematic literature review. African Journal of Higher Education Community Engagement, 1(1), 83–96.