Immigration in Montserrat after the Volcanic Disaster: A Tool and a Challenge for the Recovery of the Island

Charlotte Monteil, Peter Simmons

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The research highlights the vital role of immigration in the continuing recovery and redevelopment of the island of Montserrat during and after a series of volcanic eruptions. Immigration has helped to revive the island both economically and socially. However, the rapid and relatively unmanaged increase in immigration following the relaxation of immigration controls has also led to significant new issues, in particular the social and political marginalization of the newcomers, which could eventually hinder the recovery process. The persistent marginalization of immigrants also leads to them being more vulnerable to natural hazards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigrants in Disaster Risk Reduction
Subtitle of host publicationPractices for Inclusion
Place of PublicationGeneva & Strasbourg
PublisherInternational Organization for Migration & Council of Europe
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Volcanic disaster
  • Recovery
  • Immigration
  • Vulnerability

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