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The IMI Working Paper series is up and running and we would like to encourage you to submit papers that presents current research in the field of international migration. Papers are considered for inclusion, also  if the research was not undertaken by IMI fellows, provided that they:

  • analyse migration as part of broader global change
  • contribute to new theoretical approaches
  • advance understanding of the multi-level forces driving migration

All submissions should follow the guidelines provided below. Once submitted, papers are reviewed by IMI fellows, and authors will be notified of a decision as soon as possible. For accepted papers, we will contact you to revise and edit the paper as necessary. Accepted papers will be proof read and lightly edited by IMI.

We are excited to continuing the tradition of this working paper series and look forward to reading your submissions.

Sonja Fransen, Senior Editor


All submissions should be sent to: as an editable electronic version (including diagrams and pictures).

Submissions must include the following information:

  • an abstract of no more than 200 words
  • 5–10 keywords
  • the author’s contact details (email) and affiliation
  • any information about the paper’s background (such as whether the paper has been presented at a particular conference or workshop)
  • word count (papers must be no more than 12,500 words)

Note. The cover page will include the statement: ‘The International Migration Institute does not have an institutional view and does not aim to present one. The views expressed in this document are only those of its independent author.’


  • Citations in-text should follow the author-date form (e.g. Johnson 2009).
  • The full list of references should be given at the end of the paper. Please use Chicago Style.
  • Use footnotes, not endnotes, for explanatory or additional material.


Publication as an IMI working paper does not preclude or prejudice subsequent publication in a book or journal. The individual authors retain full copyright privileges. Please DO NOT submit papers that have been accepted for publication if you have signed a copyright agreement with the publisher that gives up your rights to the paper.

We ask that any IMI working paper published elsewhere at a later time include a reference to IMI. 

IMI-n working papers

The IMIn working papers series presents current research in the field of international migration. All of our working papers are all available to download in full for free.