Dear authors and colleagues,
Many thanks for the opportunity to provide comments to the draft outline as a way to improve the content of the publication. Please see my key comments bellow:
1. In addition to the range of movements included in the IOM definition of migration, it's relevant to consider planned relocation of households or entire communities. With increasing environmental risks through global change processes such as climate change, relocation is now widely discussed as a necessary or potentially effective intervention for vulnerable communities in marginal rural areas. There's a growing body of literature on this topic (see Cernea 2000, Bronin 2013 and others).
2. As pointed by other contributors, a more comprehensive overview of mobility theories (I.E Mobility Transition by Zelinsky) and demographic theories (Demographic transition) beyond push-pull, NELM and neoclassical frameworks would produce a significantly more robust theoretical underpinning.
3. Careful inclusion of gender analysis to help explore the different impacts and outcomes associated with migration, agriculture and rural developement.
4. Careful choice of empirical evidence can provide significant evidence on the drivers or migration as well as the impacts of remittances on adaptive capacity and resilience of rural households. The current research undertaken by the DECCMA project (Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation)funded by IDRC-DIFD has assembled large datasets of migrant sending (6000 household in rural and peri-urban areas) and destination areas (3000 migrants in urban areas) in low-lying regions of Bangladesh, Ghana and India. These rich quantitative datasets are being analysed. Forthcoming planned outputs include peer-reviewed manuscripts on Perceived environmental risks and expected outcomes as motivations for migration decisions; Investment in adaptive capacity enhances resilience in high migration intensity households; and Household composition, migration, and remittances: evidence from Deltas.
I look forward to continuing this rich discussion and reading the report, Additionaly, please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to further discuss DECCMA's empirical findings and analysis.