Migration and Society

Advances in Research

Mette Louise Berg, University College London
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London
Johanna L. Waters, University College London

In this period of global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Migration and Society has decided to press ‘pause’ on our normal working practices. Like colleagues on other journals, we believe that to continue as usual would be untenable and unethical. 


Migration and Society is a part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative, a pilot aiming to convert 13 Anthropology journals to full Open Access on an on-going and sustainable basis.

ARMS 3: Recentering the South in Studies of Migration


Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Mette Louise Berg, and Johanna Waters

Introduction: Recentering the South in Studies of Migration
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh


Special Section: “Transit Migration”
Guest editors: Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

Introduction: Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation
Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

From Ecuador to Elsewhere: The (Re)Configuration of a Transit Country
Soledad Álvarez Velasco

Dirty Work, Dangerous Others: The Politics of Outsourced Immigration Enforcement in Mexico
Wendy Vogt

When Transit States Pursue Their Own Agenda: Malaysian and Indonesian Responses to Australia’s Migration and Border Policies
Antje Missbach and Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Transit Migration in Niger: Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?
Sébastien Moretti

Managing a Multiplicity of Interests: The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya
Melissa Phillips


Research Articles

Places of Otherness: Comparing Eastleigh, Nairobi, and Xiaobei, Guangzhou, as Sites of South-South Migration
Neil Carrier and Gordon Mathews

Laborers, Migrants, Refugees: Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania
Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

Expat, Local, and Refugee: “Studying Up” the Global Division of Labor and Mobility in the Humanitarian Industry in Jordan
Reem Farah

Local Faith Actors and the Global Compact on Refugees
Heather Wurtz and Olivia Wilkinson

The Territorialization of Vietnam’s Northern Upland Frontier: Migrant Motivations and Misgivings from World War II until Today
Sarah Turner, Thi-Thanh-Hien Pham, and Ngô Thủy Hạnh


People and Places

Migration, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Knowledge: An Interview with Juliano Fiori
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh with Juliano Fiori

Decolonial Approaches to Refugee Migration: Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab in Conversation
Nof Nasser-Eddin and Nour Abu-Assab

The Position of “the South” and “South-South Migration” in Policy and Programmatic Responses to Different Forms of Migration: An Interview with Francesco Carella
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh with Francesco Carella

Living Through and Living On? Participatory Humanitarian Architecture in the Jarahieh Refugee Settlement, Lebanon
Riccardo Luca Conti, Joana Dabaj, and Elisa Pascucci

Notes around Hospitality as Inhabitation: Engaging with the Politics of Care and Refugees’ Dwelling Practices in the Italian Urban Context
Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo



Noncitizens’ Rights: Moving beyond Migrants’ Rights
Sin Yee Koh

The Role of Universities in the Protection of Refugees and Other Migrants: A View from Brazil and Latin America
Liliana L. Jubilut

Lessons from Refugees: Research Ethics in the Context of Resettlement in South America
Marcia Vera Espinoza


Creative Encounters

Introduction: Engendering Plural Tales
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

The Other Side
Simone Toji

The Box, the Fish, and Lost Homes
Suranjana Choudhury

Objects Removed for Study
Rafael Guendelman Hales


General Articles

Fashioning Masculinities through Migration: Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London
Alexandra Urdea

“Nothing Is Expensive, Everything Cheap, Nothing Explosive!” Side Stories from Molenbeek, Brussels
Christine Moderbacher



Listening with Displacement: Sound, Citizenship, and Disruptive Representations of Migration
Tom Western

A Response to “Listening with Displacement”
Rihab Azar


Book Reviews

Volume 3 / 2020, 1 issue per volume (winter)

Aims & Scope

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
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London
Johanna L. Waters, University College London

Book Reviews Editors
Agnieszka Kubal, University College London
Gunvor Jónsson, Oxford University  

Creative Encounters Editor
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University

Editorial Board
Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol
Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford
Josh DeWind, Social Science Research Council, New York
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo
Don Flynn, Migrants’ Rights Network, London
Nancy Foner, CUNY, New York
Izabela Grabowska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and University of Warsaw
Sari Hanafi, American University, Beirut
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California
Ahmet Icduygu, Koc University, Istanbul
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University
Stephen C. Lubkemann, George Washington University
Takyiwaa Manuh, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa
Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, University College London
Ewa Morawska, University of Essex
Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt University, Berlin
Karen Fog Olwig, University of Copenhagen
Laura Oso, University of A Coruña
Ann Phoenix, University College London
Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester
Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of Birmingham
Nick Van Hear, University of Oxford 
Steve Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen
Darshan Vigneswaran, University of Amsterdam
Amanda Wise, Macquarie University, Sydney
Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore

Manuscript Submission

In this period of global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Migration and Society has decided to press ‘pause’ on our normal working practices. Like colleagues on other journals, we believe that to continue as usual would be untenable and unethical. 


Please review the submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files through the online submissions system at http://ojs.berghahnjournals.com/index.php/air-ms.

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.

Any inquiries should be sent to the editors at migration@berghahnjournals.com.

License Agreement

As part of the Berghahn Open Anthro initiative, articles in Migration and Society: Advances in Research (ARMS) are published open access under a Creative Commons license.

Authors must visit our License Options page to select and download their preferred license agreement. Completed and signed forms should be sent to copyright@berghahnjournals.com.

Ethics Statement

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.


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