Population recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: exploring the potential role of stage migration in migration systems

Jack DeWaard, Katherine J. Curtis, Elizabeth Fussell

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Abstract

In this research brief, we explore how places affected by natural disasters recover their populations through indirect, or “stage,” migration. Specifically, we consider the idea that post-disaster impediments (e.g., housing and property damage) in disaster-affected areas spawn migration flows toward and, over time, to disaster-affected areas through intermediary destinations. Taking as our case Orleans Parish over a 5-year period after Hurricane Katrina, we show that stage migration accounted for up to about one-fourth of population recovery. We close by discussing the implications, limitations, and potential extensions of our work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-463
Number of pages15
JournalPopulation and Environment
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Disasters
  • Environment
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Migration systems
  • Population recovery
  • Stage migration

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