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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Call for Special Issues

CMS accepts proposals for special issues twice a year. Special issue proposals (as PDF files) can be sent to Karin Milovanovic ( and Esther Otten (  Check out the full guidelines...


Article Collections

Innovative strategies for the reception of asylum seekers and refugees in European cities: Multi-level governance, networks and local engagement
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 13 March 2020

Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 4 September 2019

Externalization at work: Responses to Migration Polices from the Global South
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 22 March 2019

Mediterranean Migration Research: variable focal length
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 8 February 2019

Gendered dynamics of migration and transnational social protection
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 13 December 2018

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Paper Clusters

NEW! CMS introduces  a continuously call for Paper Clusters. A paper cluster has no more than 4 articles. Are you interested in submitting a proposal? Check out our guidelines. 

Thank you reviewers

Dear reviewer of CMS, dear friend and colleague,

On behalf of the Editorial Board of Comparative Migration Studies, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday and a very good 2021. This has been a very hectic and emotional year for all. Let’s hope that the new year finally brings more good news. More...

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.

Most cited articles in 2019

Against ‘immigrant integration’: for an end to neocolonial knowledge production
by Willem Schinkel

From forced migration to forced arrival: the campization of refugee accommodation in European cities
by René Kreichauf

Rethinking immigration policy theory beyond ‘Western liberal democracies’
by Katharina Natter

Most popular articles published in 2019

How do refugees affect social life in host communities? The case of Congolese refugees in Rwanda
by Veronika Fajth et al.

How the different policies and school systems affect the inclusion of Syrian refugee children in Sweden, Germany, Greece, Lebanon and Turkey
by Maurice Crul et al.

Young refugees in education: the particular challenges of school systems in Europe
by Claudia Koehler & Jens Schneider

Migration patterns and emigrants’ transnational activities: comparative findings from two migrant origin areas in Ethiopia
by Girmachew Adugna

Mare nostrum: the political ethics of migration in the Mediterranean
by Rainer Bauböck

Word limit

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

Commentary Series

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

Who needs integration? Debating a central, yet increasingly contested concept in migration studies
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 25 September 2018

Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 4 September 2017

Solidarity in diverse societies: Nationhood, immigration and the welfare state
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 20 June 2016

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