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Externalization at work: Responses to migration policies from the Global South

The term “externalisation” is used by a range of migration scholars, policy makers and the media to describe the extension of border and migration controls beyond the so-called ‘migrant receiving nations’ in the Global North and into neighbouring countries or sending states in the Global South. It refers to a wide range of practices from border controls, rescue operations, to measures addressing drivers of migration. Rather than presenting externalization as a mere policy tool to reduce the economic, political and social costs of ‘unwanted immigration’ for receiving states, the ambition of this Special Issue is to contribute to the mapping of the diverse yet comparable responses to externalization practices. The different articles in this volume are chosen to exemplify some of these processes at different levels of analysis.  Authors address through various disciplinary perspectives how practices of externalization are being confronted, succumbed, modified and contested by individual (would-be) migrants, civil society actors and the host states’ institutions in different parts of the globe. In an effort to move away from a sole focus on border spaces of the Global North, the Special Issue contributes to emerging literature shifting the locus of analysis to places in the Global South, which are conventionally understood as “transit” or “sending” countries in Africa, America as well as within Europe itself.

Edited by Ayşen Üstübici, Inka Stock & Susanne Schultz

  1. This article explores the different memorial strategies of the civil society associations and the public authorities in Mali through various practices and discourses of the International Migrant Day around the...

    Authors: Almamy Sylla and Susanne U. Schultz
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2020 8:4
  2. The article highlights international dimensions of the emergence and transformation of migration policies in Turkey from the early 2000s onwards, including the context of the Syrian displacement, which made Tu...

    Authors: Ayşen Üstübici
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2019 7:46
  3. Starting from the idea that border externalization – understood as the spatial and institutional stretching of borders – is enmeshed with the highly contextual humanitarian and securitarian dynamics of migrant...

    Authors: Nanneke Winters and Cynthia Mora Izaguirre
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2019 7:27

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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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