Migration Policy Practice is a bimonthly journal published jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasylum Ltd. It only contributes articles from, and is overseen by, senior officials in Government, EU institutions and international organizations, working in the field of migration policy. The journal currently enjoys an international readership of several thousand policy-makers, academics, civil society representatives and journalists. Current and past issues of MPP can be downloaded below.
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VIII, Number 1 (February- April 2018)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VII, Number 4 (December 2017–January 2018)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VII, Number 3 (October-November 2017)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VII, Number 2 (April-September 2017)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VII, Number 1 (January-March 2017)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VI, Number 4 (October-December 2016)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VI, Number 3 (June-September 2016)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VI, Number 2 (April-May 2016)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. VI, Number 1 (February-March 2016)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. V, Number 5 (December 2015-January 2016)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. V, Number 4 (October-November 2015)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. V, Number 3 (July-September 2015)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. V, Number 2 (April-June 2015)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. V, Number 1 (February-March 2015)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. IV, Number 5 (December 2014-January 2015)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. IV, Number 4 (October-November 2014)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. IV, Number 3 (July-September 2014)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. IV, Number 2 (April-June 2014)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. IV, Number 1 (February-March 2014)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 6 (December 2013-January 2014)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 5 (October-November 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 4 (August-September 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 3 (June-July 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 2 (April-May 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. III, Number 1 (February-March 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 6 (December 2012-January 2013)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 5 (October-November 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 4 (August-September 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 3 (June-July 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 2 (April-May 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. II, Number 1 (February-March 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. I, Number 2 (December 2011-January 2012)
Migration Policy Practice Vol. I, Number 1 (October-November 2011)
Migration Policy Practice flyer
Background and Justification
Migration Policy Practice was founded on the premises that:
Over the past ten to fifteen years an increasing number of journals, on paper and online, have been launched in the field of international migration. However, with no exception, all of these journals have only been targeted at the academic community and/or at specialized practitioners (in the health sector, social services, etc.).
Policymakers in the field of migration, whether in Government, EU and international institutions, or in civil society, rarely contribute articles to existing journals. It is also submitted that they rarely benefit, as readers, from articles published in scholarly and professional journals. This can be explained by a range of factors pertaining to the relative lack of topicality of articles, due in particular to the lengthy peer review and publication process; their lack of policy insights, relevance and applicability; and by the overly academic/specialized approach, style and language adopted by most journal articles.
On the other hand, and perhaps not to a lesser extent than academics and specialized practitioners, policymakers are able to contribute to, and to complement significantly the existing body of knowledge and sources of information on international migration. Their knowledge and experience can often embrace a range of issues, dimensions and perspectives that are rarely covered by existing journals, e.g. findings and lessons learned from major evaluations of national/cross-national policies and programmes; new approaches to and best practices in specific migration interventions; details of major operations carried out to prevent/combat illegal border crossings and trafficking in human beings; experience of securing and managing donor-supported programmes; contributions to ongoing high profile policy debates.
Existing journals in the field of migration therefore do not provide a vehicle for policymakers to reflect and write on their day-to-day policy practice, their decisions and their experience, and to share such insights with like-minded colleagues nationally and internationally.
Scope and Procedures
The key features of Migration Policy Practice are as follows:
As a general rule, articles do not exceed 2,500 words and follow a non-academic and reader-friendly style (they are, however, subject to a strict editorial policy that ensures the accuracy and scientific rigour of each contribution).
Articles are written for the benefit of – and as often as possible by – policymakers in national/EU/International public agencies, and in civil society.
The journal relies on an editorial board that is composed, exclusively, of policymakers working in the field of migration policy.
Articles are published after consultation with relevant members of the editorial board, based on their policy relevance, their topicality, and the quality of the policy solutions/options they provide.
The journal aims to follow a time-efficient review and publication process which, as a general rule, allows approved articles to be published within three weeks of their submission, including the consultation with relevant members of the editorial board.
Each issue of the journal includes a minimum of three articles.
Joint Managing Editors:
• Solon Ardittis (Eurasylum)
• Frank Laczko (International Organization for Migration – IOM)
• Joanne van Selm (Eurasylum)
• Valerie Hagger (International Organization for Migration – IOM)
• Mylene Buensuceso (International Organization for Migration – IOM)
• Anna Lyn Constantino (International Organization for Migration – IOM)
• Aderanti Adepoju (Network of Migration Research on Africa – NOMRA)
• Peter Bosch (European Commission, Brussels)
• Juan Carlos Calleros (Staff Office of the President of Mexico)
• David Costello (Refugee Applications Commissioner, Ireland)
• Howard Duncan (Metropolis, Ottawa, Canada)
• Neli Esipova (Gallup World Poll, New York)
• Araceli Azuara Ferreiro (Organization for American States – OAS, Washington D.C.)
• Marta Foresti (Overseas Development Institute – ODI, London)
• Andrew Geddes (Migration Policy Centre – MPC, Florence)
• Lukas Gehrke (International Centre for Migration Policy Development – ICMPD, Vienna)
• Shahidul Haque (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh)
• Bela Hovy (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York)
• Michelle Leighton (International Labour Office – ILO, Geneva)
• William McClure (Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra)
• Pietro Mona (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Berne)
• Dilip Ratha (World Bank, Washington D.C.)
• Hilmar Schneider (Institute for the Study of Labor – IZA, Bonn)
• Nand Kishore Singh (Member of the Indian Parliament, New Delhi)
• Stephanos Stavros (Council of Europe, Strasbourg)
• Maia Welbourne (Department of Citizenship and Immigration – CIC, Canada)
• Klaus F. Zimmermann (Global Labor Organization – GLO)
Past authors have included, inter alia:
Eric Adja, Director General of the International Migrants Remittances Observatory (IMRO) and Special Adviser to the President of Benin; John K. Bingham, Global Coordinator of civil society activities in the United Nations High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the Global Forum on Migration and Development; Ambassador Eva Åkerman Börje, Chair of the GFMD 2013-2014; Mark Cully, Chief Economist at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Khalid Koser, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration; Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Cecilia Mamlström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs; Ali Mansoor, Chair of the GFMD 2012; Andrew Middleton, Director of Culture, Recreation and Migrant Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics; Najat Maalla M’Jid, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; Robert A. Mocny, Director of US-VISIT, US Department of Homeland Security; Imelda M. Nicolas, Secretary of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), Office of the President of the Philippines; Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of the Terre des Hommes International Federation; Kelly Ryan, Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees – IGC, Geneva; Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; David Smith, Director of Surveys and Reporting, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection; Sir Peter D. Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Migration; Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM); Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission; Catherine Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, US Department of State.
Migration Policy Practice welcomes submissions from policymakers worldwide. As a general rule, articles should:
Not exceed five pages and be written in a non-academic and reader-friendly style.
Cover any area of migration policy but discuss, as far as possible, particular solutions, policy options or best practice relating to the themes covered.
Provide, as often as applicable, lessons that can be replicated or adapted by relevant public administrations, or civil society, in other countries.
Articles giving account of evaluations of specific migration policies and interventions, including both evaluation findings and innovative evaluation methodologies, are particularly welcome.
To receive each issue of Migration Policy Practice by email, please contact IOM’s Publications Unit *. Subscription to MPP is free of charge.
Migration Policy Practice (ISSN 2223-5248) is run and published jointly by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasylum Ltd. To discuss any aspect of the journal, or to submit an article, please contact:
Migration Policy Practice can also be accessed online here.