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2022 2023 2024
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Migration Politics is a specialist Journal in the field of Social Science.

Migration Politics publishes innovative and inspiring contributions on the politics involved in representing, controlling and managing migration.

Submissions to Migration Politics have to meet our highest editorial standards, and are subjected to our most stringent form of open peer-witnessed refereeing.

Implementing Genuine Open Access, Migration Politics is a publishing venue in which uncompromising scientific quality meets the highest achievable standards of open accessibility.

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Migration politics publishes articles that promote inter-disciplinary conversations amongst Geographers, Political Scientists, Anthropologists, Historians, Sociologists and Legal Scholars on the relationship between migration and political institutions, processes and power. Papers should present original empirical and/or theoretical analysis and be methodologically rigorous.

Key areas of theoretical and empirical development that we strive to promote, are work:

  • Expanding the geographical ambit of research on migration governance beyond Western Europe and North America to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe, MENA and the Pacific;
  • Applying a gendered/queer perspective to migration politics, exploring how the regulation of migration intersects with the regulation of gender and sexuality;
  • Establishing a conversation between the Anthropological research on the everyday agency of migrants with the Political Science literature on citizenship and migration governance.
  • Empirically investigating historical connections between the governance of populations and mobilities past and present, including in colonial contexts
  • Establishing a conversation between research into the political geography of borders, detention and deportation, and political science research on the institutional dimensions of migration governance and control.
  • Bridging the divide between the study of race and racialisation and the study of migration politics;
  • Encouraging reflection on the role that migration scholarship plays in migration politics.
  • Examining how migration politics interacts with other political fields such as trade, security, and international relations as well as social security, labour market regulation, (health) care, housing, and education.

Specialties covered by this Journal

  • Migration Politics


The article should constitute a complete, self-contained unit, of 6,000-12,000 words.

The target audience is researchers in the field of social sciences and law in general and migration studies in particular.

Acceptance criteria

To be considered for publication in Migration Politics, a submission has to meet at least one of the expectations and all of the general acceptance criteria listed below (in addition to our standard author obligations).

Expectations (at least one required) - the paper must:
  1. Provide a novel and synergetic link between different research areas.
  2. Open a new pathway in an existing or a new research direction, with clear potential for multi-pronged follow-up work
  3. Detail a groundbreaking discovery or theory
  4. Present a breakthrough on a previously-identified and long-standing research stumbling block
General acceptance criteria (all required) - the paper must:
  1. Be written in a clear and intelligible way, free of unnecessary jargon, ambiguities and misrepresentations
  2. For all empirical papers: provide sufficient details (inside the bulk sections or in appendices) on data collection and analyses, so that reviewers, editors and readers can assess the quality and any limitations of the data.
  3. Provide citations to relevant literature in a way that is as representative and complete as possible
  4. Contain a clear conclusion summarizing the results (with objective statements on their reach and limitations) and offering perspectives for future work.
  5. Contain a detailed abstract and introduction explaining the context of the problem and objectively summarizing the achievements
  6. In case of papers based on quantitative data: provide sufficient details (inside the bulk sections or in appendices) - ideally a replication package - so that analyses can be reproduced by reviewers, editors or readers.

Submission and Editorial Process

Migration Politics is a highly selective journal that adopts a uniquely intensive approach to the curation of cutting edge scholarly work. We regularly issue calls for authors to send us short paper proposals. Our editorial team then hosts selected authors at the University of Amsterdam for intensive two-week residencies, devoted to developing draft papers into polished manuscripts. These manuscripts are then sent out for external review. Migration Politics does not accept unsolicited (full) manuscripts. If you have a manuscript you’d like to publish in Migration Politics, but are not able to participate in the residency scheme, you can get in touch with the senior fellows ( to check whether there are currently other options for submitting your paper.

Authors should follow the authoring guidelines to ensure seamless processing of their manuscript. The SciPost Journals Terms and Conditions apply to all Submissions to Migration Politics.

All incoming Submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism, and follow the peer-witnessed refereeing procedures outlined in Editorial procedure.

Minimal number of reports: at least 2 substantial reports must have been received; all points raised must have been addressed either in resubmissions or in author replies before a recommendation for publication can be formulated.

All publication decisions are taken by the Editorial College (Migration Politics), following the rules set out in the Editorial College by-laws.

Accepted submissions benefit from our top-quality production process, and from our industry-leading metadata handling facilities.

Genuine Open Access

Publications in Migration Politics are Genuine Open Access. Take the time to understand what this means, and how we compare to other publishers. We do not profiteer from you or your contributions in any way. We are truly run by and for the academic community, entirely not-for-profit and without any competing interests.

As authors, you retain your copyright: all articles are published in your name under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, allowing freedom to use, reproduce and distribute the articles and related content (unless otherwise noted), for commercial and noncommercial purposes, subject to the citation of the original source.

There are no subscription fees, nor are there Article Processing Charges (APCs). By publishing with us, you are contributing to implementing a healthier business model for academic publishing.