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Call for new editors

Comparative Migration Studies invites applications for several new members of the Editorial Board.  In particular, CMS invites non-European scholars working on migration and (migration-related) diversity from various disciplines, including sociology, demography, anthropology, political sciences, law, geography and economics.  Please review the call for new editors for more details here.

Applications should be sent to no later than January 1st 2019.

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The editors of Comparative Migration Studies are pleased to announce that the journal has been accepted into Scopus! Content from Comparative Migration Studies will be available in the Scopus database soon.  

Featured collection - In search of a frame: Challenges and opportunities for sampling immigrant minorites

The increased influx of migrants into European countries presents a huge challenge both to official statistical bodies, survey researchers, and academics. The need for more comprehensive and reliable data has been acknowledged both by the European Union and international statistical bodies such as the United Nations, the OECD, and the World Bank. In response to these initiatives many European countries have made efforts to improve their national statistical infrastructure on migrants. However, a major issue in migration research is the question of how these new populations integrate into their destination countries and how the integration process can be managed by integration policies. This special collection contributes to the ongoing debate on comparative designs in migration research by focusing on sampling issues.


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Article Collections

The second generation from refugee backgrounds in Europe
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 29 October 2018

In search of a frame: Challenges and opportunities for sampling immigrant minorities
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 3 November 2017

The impact of economic crisis on local immigrant policies: Evidence from European cities
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 1 September 2017

The civic turn of immigrant integration policies in the Scandinavian welfare states
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 1 March 2017

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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 ethnic studies. 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 and helps promote the theoretical development of migration studies. Contributions cover a wide disciplinary angle, from sociology to political science, anthropology to economics and law. Topics include: assimilation, migration policies, incorporation policies, governance of migration and integration, ethnic/cultural/religious diversity, migrant rights, gender and migration, migration and citizenship, migration and national identity, migration and security, civic integration, nationalism and migration, and ethnic entrepreneurship.

Word limit

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

Commentary Series

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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Article Processing Charges

The publication costs for Comparative Migration Studies are covered by IMISCOE, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.