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Article Collections

Citizenship Policy: From Paper to Practice: Global Perspectives on the Implementation on the Implementation Gap
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 10 April 2024

Comparative perspectives on migration, diversities and the pandemic
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 27 May 2021

Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 15 September 2021

Political parties as actors of transnational politics
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 25 March 2021 

Migrations and diversifications in the UK and Japan
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 26 February 2021

How do organisations shape migration and inclusion?
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 29 January 2021

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Paper Clusters

Neglected intersections in South-South, regional migrations
Prof Tanja Bastia, Professor Eleonore Kofman, Dr Matthew Walsham
Comparative Migration Studies

The Ethics of Migration Policy Dilemmas
Lukas Schmidt
Comparative Migration Studies

Violent Democracies and their Emigrants
Clarisa Perez-Armendariz
Comparative Migration Studies

Differentiated belonging, embedding and anchoring. The comparative studies of young adult Central European migrants in light of Brexit and pandemic
Izabela Grabowski, Louise Ryan
Comparative Migration Studies

Transnationalising the mixed-embeddedness approach in migrant entrepreneurship research
Giacomo Solano, Sakura Yamamura
Comparative Migration Studies

Latest Commentary Series

Beyond Race?
Sawitri Saharso, Tabea Scharrer, Anju Mary Paul
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 14 January 2022

The coming of age of migration studies: Debating the evolution and impact of a research field
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 6 July 2020

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Aims and scope

Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal that provides a platform for articles that focus on comparative research in migration, integration, and race and ethnic relations. It presents readers with an extensive collection of comparative analysis, including studies between countries, groups, levels, and historical periods. CMS publishes research based on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies. Contributions cover a wide disciplinary angle across the social sciences and the humanities. We are looking for articles that push present understanding of migration integration, and race and ethnic relations in new conceptual, methodological, and empirical directions.

Topics include, but are not limited to: migration and integration in relation to citizenship, national identity, refugee and asylum policy, social movements (pro and anti-immigration), gender, racialization, whiteness, ethnic and religious diversity and (post)colonialism.




Peter Scholten is full professor in the governance of migration and diversity at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus center on Governance of Migration and Diversity and coordinator of the European University of Post-Industrial Cities. From 2014 to 2022, Peter also was coordinator of the IMISCOE research network. He has published extensively on themes as multi-level governance, urban inclusion and anti-discrimination, and on the development of migration studies as a research field. See


Sanam Roohi has taken over the role of co-editor in chief of Comparative Migration Studies. She is an associate fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Essen. Her work encompasses the themes of social-spatial mobility linkages, embodied migration infrastructures and transnational resource flows. Roohi has published widely on these themes and is currently working on a book project on the pursuit of the American Dream by South Asian tech professionals. Roohi has held various fellowships including KWI International Fellowship (2023), Alexander von Humboldt (2020-2023), Marie Curie COFUND (2018 - August 2020), and SSRC InterAsia (2018) Fellowships. She was a visiting research fellow at the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies in 2022. Previously, Roohi worked as an assistant professor at St. Joseph’s University, Bangalore (2016 – 2018). She is a working group leader of COST Action European Network on International  Student Mobility, and a member of various academic bodies.

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Comparative Migration Studies is affiliated with IMISCOE (International Migration Research Network), the largest interdisciplinary network of scholars in the field of migration. The research network currently consists of 63 research institutes from different countries around the world and from various disciplines including sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, law, demography, public administration, geography and history. Since 1st of April 2022, the coordination of IMISCOE has moved to the University of Liege (with Jean-Michel Lafleur and Daniela Vintila as coordinators). 

Word limit

Submissions to Comparative Migration Studies should be between 8,000 and 9,000 words.

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Annual Journal Metrics

Citation Impact 2023
Journal Impact Factor: 4.3
5-year Journal Impact Factor: N/A
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.257
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.168

Speed 2023
Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 76
Submission to acceptance (median days): 288

Usage 2023
Downloads: 683,383
Altmetric mentions: 373