Liz Heimann was a Communications Coordinator at the Migration Policy Institute, where she worked on publication layout, multimedia production and editing, and maintenance of MPI’s website and mailing database.
Previously, she interned with the International Budget Partnership of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where her work focused on budget advocacy and fiscal transparency. She also interned at a sustainable tourism consulting company, where she worked to develop tourism sectors in emerging destinations as a means of social and economic development. She has spent time abroad in Cape Town, Rome, and Berlin.
Ms. Heimann holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and art history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
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While Europe and the United States saw terror attacks in 2016 carried out by radicalized immigrants or members of the second generation, policy responses varied on either side of the Atlantic. The perceived security threat posed by refugees was the main concern in the United States. Meanwhile, European debates centered more on concerns over loss of control of migration flows and lack of social cohesion.
From earthquakes to drought, natural disasters and climate change played a key role in migration flows in 2015. Climate-induced migration surfaced as a concern at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP21) as international organizations and policymakers have begun to recognize the growing challenges, and potential protection obligations, of such movement.