Migration Policy Practice (MPP) is a bimonthly journal that was established and published jointly by Eurasylum Ltd and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from October 2011 to June 2022. It is now run under IOM’s sole editorship. The journal only contributes articles from, and is overseen by, senior officials in Government, EU institutions and international organizations, working in the field of migration policy. Since its launch in 2011, the journal has grown an international readership of several thousand policy-makers, academics, civil society representatives and journalists. Past issues of MPP under the joint Eurasylum-IOM editorship can be downloaded below.
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.
Editorial Board (2011-2022)
Founders and Co-Editors (October 2011-June 2022):
• 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)
• Jane Annear (Australian Department of Home Affairs, Canberra)
• 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)
• 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 is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO). The journal should not be used, published or redistributed for purposes primarily intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or monetary compensation, with the exception of educational purposes e.g. to be included in textbooks. Requests for commercial use or further rights and licensing should be submitted to IOM’s Publications Unit *.
Migration Policy Practice (ISSN 2223-5248) was established and published jointly by Eurasylum Ltd and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from October 2011 to June 2022. It is now run solely by IOM. To discuss any aspect of the journal, or to submit an article, please contact: IOM’s Publications Unit *.