Migration is at the heart of the transformation of societies and communities and touches the lives of people across the globe. Migration and Society is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. We invite work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.
Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation. We publish theoretically informed and empirically based articles of the highest quality, especially encouraging work that interrogates and transcends the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.
We also welcome articles that reflect on the complexities of both studying and teaching migration, as well as pieces that focus on the relationship between scholarship and the policies and politics of migration.
Mette Louise Berg, University College London, UK
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London, UK
Book Reviews Editors
Agnieszka Kubal, University College London, UK
Gunvor Jónsson, Oxford University, UK
Creative Encounters Editor
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University, UK
Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol, UK
Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, UK
Josh DeWind, Social Science Research Council, New York, USA
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway
Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network, London, UK
Nancy Foner, CUNY, New York, USA
Izabela Grabowska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and University of Warsaw, Poland
Sari Hanafi, American University, Beirut, Lebanon
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California, USA
Ahmet Icduygu, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University, USA
Stephen C. Lubkemann, George Washington University, USA
Takyiwaa Manuh, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, University College London, UK
Ewa Morawska, University of Essex, UK
Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Laura Oso, University of A Coruña, Spain
Ann Phoenix, University College London, UK
Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester, UK
Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham, UK
Nick Van Hear, University of Oxford, UK
Steve Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany
Darshan Vigneswaran, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amanda Wise, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore
In this period of ongoing global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Migration and Society is receiving submissions, but working at reduced capacity. Volume 4 is currently in production, with an anticipated publication date of April 2021.
We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis for future volumes.
Authors must register with the journal on the submission website prior to submitting, or, if already registered, they can simply log in. On registering as an Author, authors have the option of also registering as a Reviewer (to be called upon to undertake peer reviews of other submissions).
All submissions are subject to a rigorous double blind peer review process and submission is no guarantee of publication. We encourage authors to ensure their submissions are ready for peer review. To this end, please:
Carefully edit your submission
Ensure you have formatted the piece correctly, following the submission and style guide
Respect the relevant word lengths, as stated below. Submissions that are over length may be rejected
Anonymize your submission and submit a cover sheet with your bio and an abstract in a separate file
The editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are not suitable for publication in the journal.
Submissions are welcome for consideration in one of the five key journal sections:
Research Articles: Each issue will include articles (maximum 8,000 words) addressing a key theme, in addition to a range of other migration-and-society-related articles;
People & Places consists of shorter pieces (2,000 to 4,000 words), including notes from the field, “migrant voices,” and interviews with scholars, practitioners, and policymakers;
Reflections invites critical reflections (maximum 5,000 words) on migration research and teaching;
Creative Encounters includes photo essays and other creative representations of migration;
Book Reviews (800 words for single book reviews, 1,300 to 1,4000 words for two books, 1,500 to 1,600 words for three books) conclude each issue. Please note: All quotations from the book/ volume have to be followed by exact page numbers.
NB: Word counts are inclusive of footnotes, endnotes, and references.
Migration and Society is committed to inclusive citation and scholarly practice. We encourage our contributors to ensure they reference and engage with the work of female, black, and minority ethnic writers, and work by other under-represented groups.
Have other questions? Please refer to the Berghahn Info for Authors page for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.
Authors published in Migration and Society: Advances in Research (ARMS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor(s) concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ARMS ethics statement.
Migration and Society is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative. Launched in 2020, this pilot has successfully converted a collection of 13 anthropology journals to full Open Access using S2O as its equitable and sustainable model of choice.