IJESD 2019 Vol.10(6): 171-177 ISSN: 2010-0264
doi: 10.18178/ijesd.2019.10.6.1167

Toward Successful Integration of Climate Immigrants: Lessons Learned from the Good Practice of the City of Vienna

Ryo Fujikura, Shams Asadi, Laura Kraus, and Mikiyasu Nakayama

Abstract—Climate change will force people to move across national borders. This study analyzes the experience of the City of Vienna. While the federal government has continuously adopted less tolerant policies for immigrants, the City of Vienna has accepted them with firm political initiative. It has implemented various measures to effectively include immigrants into the society in cooperation with many stakeholders. In particular, "Integration from day one" and Start Coaching Vienna are unique attempts to help immigrants to promptly adapt to the society. Local governments will have to accommodate people when they are forced to immigrate due to climate change. Integrating them will be one of the most important adaptation measures for local governments. Experiences of the City of Vienna provide useful lessons for local governments.

Index Terms—Climate change, immigrant, refugee, Vienna, integration.

R. Fujikura is with Faculty of Sustainability Studies, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan (e-mail: fujikura@hosei.ac.jp).
A. Shams is with the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna. Menschenrechtsbüro, Wien, Austria (e-mail: shams.asadi@wien.gv.at).
Laura Kraus is with Austria Fellow, Menschenrechtsbüro, Wien, Austria (e-mail: laurakraus93@yahoo.com).
Mikiyasu Nakayama is with the University of Tokyo, the Department of International Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Chiba, Japan (e-mail: nakayama@k.u-tokyo.ac.jp).

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Cite: Ryo Fujikura, Shams Asadi, Laura Kraus, and Mikiyasu Nakayama, "Toward Successful Integration of Climate Immigrants: Lessons Learned from the Good Practice of the City of Vienna," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 171-177, 2019.

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  • ISSN: 2010-0264 (Print)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Environ. Sci. Dev.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJESD
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Richard Haynes
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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