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Mediterranean Migration Research: variable focal length

In the last few years, the Mediterranean gained more and more relevance in Migration Studies and, currently, it is a regional focal point where several types of large-scale human displacement converge. This is a global and local geopolitical challenge with major effects on origin/transit/destination countries, both at the North and South, as well as East and West shores of the Mediterranean. This special issue aims to provide an updated picture of some new trends mapping the Mediterranean Migration Research Agenda. The contributions included in this Special Issue have been selected from the 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference in Barcelona (2018), which reaffirmed the importance of the Mediterranean region for research in Migration Studies. They offer recent and original reflections coming from several disciplines and applying a variety of methodologies and levels of analysis. The selection of articles covers different approaches that go from the nature of human (im)mobility to the policies and relations among states that arise within this context. It also includes a first contribution on the political ethics of migration that frame a reference for dialogue with the rest of contributions. Authors focus on what is structural about migration in the region without forgetting the circumstantial and the normative dimensions, and how they might intersect. Ultimately, this collection not only provides clues for analyzing current affairs in Mediterranean Migration Research, but also for constructing scenarios and anticipating future developments in the region. 

Editors: Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Luisa Faustini

  1. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century and after two turning point events – 09-11 terrorist attacks and the ‘Arab spring’ – both migration control and democracy promotion became central issues within ...

    Authors: Luisa Faustini-Torres
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2020 8:9
  2. Water scarcity and management of this problem are increasingly acknowledged in development policies as well as in adaptation and migration discourse. In South Mediterranean countries, insufficient water suppli...

    Authors: Karolina Sobczak-Szelc and Naima Fekih
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2020 8:8
  3. After repeated failed attempts to reform its dysfunctional internal architecture, the external dimension has become the real cornerstone of the EU’s migration strategy, with the Mediterranean as its main geogr...

    Authors: Ferruccio Pastore and Emanuela Roman
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2020 8:2
  4. Malta, an island-state, limits the mobility of non-deportable, rejected asylum seekers who want to leave due to the lived consequences of disintegration. Stripped of any legal entitlements non-deportable refug...

    Authors: Sarah Nimführ and Buba Sesay
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2019 7:26

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The journal of Comparative Migration Studies has of June 2022 received its first Web of Science Impact Factor score. We are happy to report Journal Citation Report (JCR) rating of 4.417!


The journal Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) 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.

Comparative Migration Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal that has been selected for inclusion in the Web of Science. CMS is associated with the IMISCOE Research Network. CMS distinguishes itself as a journal on three elements:

  • An explicit comparative orientation. We believe that a focus on comparative research can promote the theoretical development of migration studies. This can involve various types of comparative studies (between countries, groups, levels, historical periods).
  • A wide disciplinary angle. CMS aims to develop a wide disciplinary angle, such as political science, economics, law, history, demography, social geography, sociology, cultural studies, literature, psychology and anthropology.
  • An open access journal. We believe open access nowadays is the best way to get the widest possible exposure for the work published in our journal. Publishing your articles with CMS means that other scholars will have easy access to your work and will be more likely to actually read it and refer to it. Open access publishing is not without costs.

In order to develop the journal further, and to make sure that all relevant disciplines and methodological traditions are well represented, the editorial board will be expanded. We invite applications from scholars from various disciplines:

  • working in the field of migration studies
  • special interest in comparative research
  • quantitative research background

Being member of the editorial board means that you will be involved in policymaking regarding the journal and that as editor you will be in charge of reviewing articles that are in your area of expertise (on average a couple of hours per month).

Applications should include 1 A4 with a motivation letter and a full CV. The current editorial board will select a number of applicants for a personal meeting. Subsequently, we expect to add 3 new members to the editorial board of CMS starting from September this year. Applications should be sent to info@comparativemigrationstudies.org no later than July 15, 2022. For more information on the journal, please visit www.comparativemigrationstudies.com .

Editors in Chief of CMS

Prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso
Prof.dr. Peter Scholten

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