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The IMI working paper series presents current research in the field of international migration. Papers are considered for inclusion, even if the research was not undertaken by IMI, if it deals with our research focus. We are particularly interested to receive submissions that:

  • analyse migration as part of broader global change
  • contribute to new theoretical approaches
  • advance understanding of the multi-level forces driving migration
All submissions are reviewed by IMI, and accepted papers are proof read and lightly edited by IMI. We will liaise with you to revise and edit the paper as necessary.


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
  • a non-technical summary of 150 words to be included on the IMI website
  • 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 10,000 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.’

Referencing and footnotes

  • 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 Havard 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. Please DO NOT submit papers that have been accepted for publication as you have signed a copyright agreement with the publisher, thus giving up your rights to the paper.

We ask that any IMI working paper published elsewhere at a later time include a reference to IMI. The individual authors retain full copyright privileges.