MJHR Special Issue of Migration and Refugees

Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights – Special Issue on Migration and Refugees

Call for papers

In recent years, the countries of the Mediterranean have seen significant influxes in migration. Countries in the region have responded in ways that reveal regional tensions and fault-lines, such as that between the countries of the Northern and Southern shores of the sea, the differential impact of ED policy stances and various and distinct political, social, and economic realities. These regional reactions are playing out against a global background marked by increased geo-political tensions on the one hand, and the movement toward globalization and the market state on the other. As more and more migrants transit through and settle in the region, the countries of the region – as sending, transit, and receiving countries – have had to respond to the influx in many ways, from reception and detention of migrants, to adjudication of refugee claims, to the provision of social services and efforts to integrate the newcomers into the host communities, to efforts to deal with the “brain drain” such as through remittances and other benefits that can derive from nationals living abroad. Human rights are impacted at each stage of the migration process and this special issue will explore those implications in some detail.


We solicit proposals for papers that will focus on issues involving migration and human rights in the Mediterranean region. We welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, economics, social sciences, history, demography, political science, and psychology, and from members of non-governmental organizations. We also welcome comparative and interdisciplinary research on migration. A few suggested topics are listed below, but this list is far from exhaustive and we welcome all proposals on these topics:

  • How are receiving countries responding to the need to adjudicate refugee and asylum claims? How are these asylum adjudication systems working?
  • How are receiving countries dealing with reception of migrants?
  • How do countries understand legal distinctions between migrants and refugees? And what relationship exists between government stances and public debate?
  • What are the political, social and economic impacts of migrants in the various regions?
  • How have EU policies impacted government responses to the issues presented by migration?
  • How are governments and local communities working toward the integration of migrants? Is integration working?
  • To what extent is a link made between migration and human rights issues?
  • How are sending countries benefiting from migration of their nationals?
  • How do receiving countries perceive and respond to the security implications presented by large scale migration to the region?
  • How do governments mediate between their international commitments and internal public opinion in their societies? What role do voluntary organizations play in this process?

Proposals should be at least two pages in length. The proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but we encourage submission by no later than June 30, 2007, for publication in late 2007.


Send written proposals by email in word format to:

Anna Marie Gallagher

Co-coordinator – International Coalition on the Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Apartado 19, 09300 Roa (Burgos), Spain

Guest Editor, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, Volume 11
Professor Michele Pistone
Director of Clinical Program, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services
Villanova University School of Law
Guest Editor, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, Volume 11
Dr. David E. Zammit
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Laws, University of Malta
Guest Editor, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, Volume 11
rs. Paula Muscat
Journal Secretary, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights

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