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Journal on Migration and Human Security

Journal on Migration and Human Security

Published in Association with Center for Migration Studies

Donald Kerwin Center for Migration Studies, USA

eISSN: 23302488 | ISSN: 23315024 | Current volume: 7 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) is a peer-reviewed public policy publication of the Center for Migration Studies (CMS). The journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives. This thematic focus encompasses the broad scope of the social, political, and economic dimensions of “human security.”

JMHS seeks to publish rigorous and well-argued papers that can significantly inform and contribute to the US and international policy debates on migration. It particularly welcomes papers that:

· Address timely migration-related “human security” issues, broadly defined;

· Cover issues and research that receive insufficient attention in immigration policy circles;

· Provide new information, ideas, non-traditional perspectives, comparative scholarship, or multi-disciplinary analysis; and

· Articulate areas of agreement and disagreement on particular issues, as well as gaps in knowledge.

Papers are published online on a monthly basis. In addition, CMS compiles a hard-copy volume of JMHS articles at the end of each year.

Executive Editor
Donald Kerwin Center for Migration Studies, USA
Associate Editors
John J. Hoeffner Center for Migration Studies, USA
Michele R. Pistone Center for Migration Studies, USA
Editorial Office
Guadalupe Chavez Center for Migration Studies, USA
Editorial Board
Edward Alden Council on Foreign Relations, USA
J. Kevin Appleby  
Jacqueline Bhabha Harvard University, USA
Leonir Chiarello Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo
Elizabeth Ferris Georgetown University, USA
Elizabeth Fussell Brown University, USA
Anna Marie Gallagher Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., USA
Douglas Gurak Cornell University, USA
Jacqueline Hagan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Donald Kerwin Center for Migration Studies, USA
Rey Koslowski University at Albany, State University of New York, USA
Ellen Percy Kraly Colgate University, USA
Daniel E. Martínez University of Arizona, USA
Helen Morris United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Switzerland
Emily Ryo University of Southern California Gould School of Law, USA
Todd Scribner United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USA
Lynn Shotwell Society for Human Resource Management, USA
Margaret Stock Cascadia Cross Border Law Group LLC, USA
Charles Wheeler Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., USA
Jamie Winders Syracuse University, USA
Tom K. Wong University of California, San Diego, USA
Steve Yale-Loehr Cornell University, USA
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  • The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) seeks evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas and policy recommendations. Papers should begin with an executive summary of one page or less that briefly describes the theme and purpose of the article and that lists (preferably in bullet form) both its findings and its policy recommendations. JMHS encourages the submission of papers with diverse viewpoints.

    Ideas for papers can be vetted with JMHS staff prior to submission by contacting Papers will be peer-reviewed and, thus, even solicited papers will not necessarily be accepted for publication.

    English language editing and translation assistance is available for authors at the SAGE Language Services website here. Please note that usage of this service is paid at the author’s expense and is for use pre-submission.

    Book Reviews

    At this time, JMHS is not publishing book or report reviews.

    Editorial Policies and Procedures

    In order to ensure impartiality in the selection of manuscripts for publication, all papers deemed appropriate for JMHS will be sent anonymously to reviewers. To protect anonymity, authors should submit a separate cover page with the manuscript title and author names, affiliations, and contact information. Authors should remove names and affiliations from the executive summary, manuscript, and/or tables and figures.

    JMHS has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts should not be submitted simultaneously to another publication. Submission of a manuscript to JMHS is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in JMHS. No paper known to be under review by any other journal will be reviewed by JMHS. Manuscripts that have appeared in repositories as peer-reviewed working papers or discussion papers are considered to be previously published and are not eligible for publication in JMHS. Authors will not be paid for accepted manuscripts, except in rare circumstances. If manuscripts are accepted and published, all rights, including subsidiary rights, will be owned by CMS. However, the author will retain the right to use his or her article without charge in any book of which he/she is the author or editor after it has appeared in JMHS. There are no submission fees or article processing charges to publish in this journal.

    Preparation and Submission of Copy

    Submissions, correspondence, revisions, and other communications should be made, whenever possible, electronically. Authors should:

    • Type and double-space all copy — including indented matter, footnotes, and references;
    • Include a cover page listing the manuscript title (which should be compelling) and author(s)’s names, affiliations, contact information, the corresponding author including contact information, and any acknowledgments including funding or conflict of interest information;
    • Include an executive summary of not more than one page summarizing the theme/topic of the paper, as well as its findings and recommendations;
    • Put forth specific, targeted, and clear recommendations using active voice and identifying which institutions, officials, agencies or individuals should take which steps;
    • Save any tables and figures together in a separate file (i.e., not in the manuscript file). Insert a location note (e.g., “Table 2 about here”) at the appropriate place in the manuscript text and include table/figure caption(s) with the location note or as a list at the end of the article. Tables should not contain lines or more than 20 two-digit columns or the equivalent. See Artwork Guidelines below for more information;
    • Follow the style guidelines and format for references in the text below;
    • Not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the executive summary;
    • Email the electronic version of the manuscript (e.g., Word file) to; and
    • Promptly respond to proposed edits and revisions.

    Artwork Guidelines

    Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

    • Format: TIFF, JPEG: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). EPS is the preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
    • File Type: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word can be included at the end of the manuscript. Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, PDF) should be submitted as separate files (be sure to identify the file, i.e., “Figure 2”).
    • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e., with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
    • Color: Please note that images supplied in color will be published in color online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using color with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating color.
    • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

    Citations and References

    In-text citations and references should follow the author-date format of The Chicago Manual of Style. In-text citations should be parenthetical. For example, sources should be identified at an appropriate point in the text by last name of author, year of publication, and pagination, all within parentheses.


    • (UNHCR 2014, 6) — one author;
    • (Warren and Kerwin 2017, 3) — two authors;
    • (Frelick, Kysel, and Podkul 2016) — three authors;
    • (Martinez et al. 2013) — four or more authors.

    Use of footnotes should be minimized and used only for substantive observations or for the citation of websites, blogs, or social media. Court cases, statutes, and other legal references should be cited in Bluebook style using footnotes.

    In an appendix entitled “References,” list all referenced items alphabetically by author, then by year of publication beginning with the earliest published work. For multiple author or editor listings, give all authors. Use italics for titles of books, journals, and newspapers.


    Appendices and Supplemental Material

    Appendices and supplemental material containing questionnaires and instruments, intervention materials, supplemental data analyses, or other materials or information that are proposed by the authors(s) and deemed to be valuable by the editor may be made available for public access via links to a section for such material at the Journal on Migration and Human Security website. Appendices and supplemental material intended for online-only display should be clearly marked with “_online_supp” in the file name.

    Style Guidelines

    The style sheet of JMHS follows The Chicago Manual of Style and uses US-style punctuation, spelling, and date format. Examples include:

    • “Double” quotation marks, with closing punctuation marks inside quotation marks, and ‘single’ quotation marks for quotes within quotes (e.g., “According to Warren and Kerwin (2017), mass deportations would create ‘immense social costs.’”);
    • US-style spelling (e.g., “labor organization program” instead of “labour organisation programme”); and
    • Dates written in order of month, day, and year (e.g., June 17, 2008).

    Further style guidelines include:

    • Spell out acronyms at first mention, with acronym in parentheses;
    • Spell out numbers zero through nine;
    • Spell out the word “percent” instead of using the percent symbol;
    • Write “US,” “UK,” and “UN” as acronyms without periods when they appear as adjectives (e.g., US immigration reform), and written out when it is used as a noun (e.g., refugees in the United States).


    For any further inquiries on JMHS, please direct correspondence to