Migration Research Leaders' Syndicate
IOM has invited the world’s leading migration researchers to join in sharing their expertise and knowledge in support of the 2018 global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. We have designed the Syndicate to take into account a range of factors, including the ambitious timeframe set for the global compact for migration, the wealth of expertise of leading academic and applied researchers working on a wide range of migration topics, and the substantial body of migration research and analysis currently existing globally that could usefully support global compact for migration processes. With this in mind, we are asking Syndicate members to contribute in ways that reflect their leadership in migration research, their busy schedules and ongoing commitments.
As a first step, we asked Syndicate members to provide their ‘top three reads’ to inform discussions and negotiations ahead of the global compact for migration. In other words, we have asked Syndicate members: “If you had the chance to provide only three pieces of research and analysis on aspects of (un)safe, (dis)orderly and (ir)regular migration to policymakers, what would they be?” A workshop was also held in late September with Syndicate members and advisors to refine ideas on some of the most complex and pressing issues in international migration today (please see link on the right-hand side of the page for more information). A final publication comprising Syndicate members' contributions was later launched during IOM's 108th Council, in November 2017.
In providing this important platform, IOM is striving for geographic and thematic diversity, with a focus on objectivity, neutrality and non-partisanship. Importantly, the views expressed by members of the Syndicate do not necessarily reflect those of IOM or any of its member states.
MIGRATION RESEARCH LEADERS SYNDICATE - MEMBERS
(in surname alphabetical order) Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.
Md Mizanur Rahman’s recommended top three reads:
"Gendering Migrant Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2012)
"Migrant Indebtedness: Bangladeshis in the GCC Countries" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2013)
"Immigration and Integration Policy in Singapore" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2017)
Md Mizanur Rahman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam. His areas of expertise include migration and development, diaspora engagement, migrant businesses, migrant entrepreneurship, labor migration, migration policy and migrant remittances. He has conducted extensive fieldwork for South Asian migration and diaspora related research projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR, Qatar, the UAE, India, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the USA. He is an Editorial Review Board member of Migration Letters, Migration and Development, Remittance Review, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research and International Journal of South Asian Studies. His recent publications include research monograph entitled ‘Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore: A Process-oriented approach’ (Springer, 2017) and co-edited books ‘Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), ‘Migrant Remittances in South Asia’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), ‘International Migration and Development in South Asia’ (Routledge, 2015), and ‘International Migration in Southeast Asia’ (Springer, 2016). His research articles have appeared in leading international migration journals such as International Migration, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Population, Space and Place, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Asia Europe Journal, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and Asian Population Studies.
Martin Ruhs' recommended top three reads:
- "Realistic and Idealistic Approaches to the Ethics of Migration" by Joseph Carens (1996)
- "Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration" by Philip Martin (2017)
- "The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration" by Martin Ruhs (2013)
Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute.
Professor Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He is on leave from the University of Oxford. Martin’s research focuses on the economics and politics of international migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. His books include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour Migration (Princeton University Press 2013) and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (Oxford University Press 2010, co-edited with B. Anderson). He is currently working on a research monograph on “multinational corporations, migrant labour and the nation state”, and a collaborative research project (with Joakim Palme and colleagues at Uppsala University) on “national institutions and the politics of free movement in the European Union”, funded by Horizon2020.
Most of Martin’s work addresses key questions and dilemmas in public policy-making. Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions. During 2009-12, he was the Director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. During 2007-14, Martin was a member of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body of five academic economists tasked to advise the UK government on labour immigration policy. Since 2017, he has been a member of Austria’s Migration Commission which advises the Austrian government on immigration policies. Martin has written for the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian and Irish Times.
Sergey Ryazantsev's recommended top three reads:
- "Emigration from Russia: New Trends and Forms" by V. A. Iontsev, S. V. Ryazantsev and S. V. Iontseva (2016)
- "Russia Needs a New Migration Policy" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2013)
- "Labour Migration from Central Asia to Russia in the Context of the Economic Crisis" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2016)
Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (sociology and demography), Doctor of Economics (demography), Professor, Head of the Center of Social Demography of Institute of Socio-Political Researches of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor, Professor, Head, Department of Demographic and Migration Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). Sphere of scientific interests: social and economic and demographic aspects of migratory processes in Russia and the CIS countries. The author of many scientific articles and monographs on migration and migration policy of Russia and Central Asia, Russian emigration and diaspora. Member of scientific and advisory councils of the Russian official structures (Federal Migration Service of Russia, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Russia, Ministry of Development of the Far East, State Duma of Federal Committee on Work and Social Policy). The head and the participant of the research projects which are carried out for the Russian official structures (The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation) and the international organizations (ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, ESCAP, Council of the Baltic Sea of the States). Was the invited professor at University of California Davies (USA, Fulbright Professor), Hokkaido University (Japan), Australian Academy of Humanities and University of Sydney (Australia), University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Hitotsubasi University (Japan), European Institute (Italy). Personal web site: http://www.ryazantsev.org
Ronald Skeldon‘s recommended top three reads:
- Material produced by the Migration Policy Institute in Washington (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/) and the Migration Observatory in Oxford (http://www.migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/)
- "Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas" by David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin (2014)
- "Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe" by Peter Heather (2009)
Ronald Skeldon is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex and Professor of Human Geography in the Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University. From June 2009 to March 2011 he was seconded as a Senior Research Fellow to the Department for International Development (DFID) in London. Trained at the Universities of Glasgow (BSc Hons) and Toronto (MA; PhD), he worked in Papua New Guinea for the Australian National University and throughout the Asia and Pacific region for the United Nations. For 14 years, he was on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong and was, from 1996 to 2000, an independent consultant based in Bangkok working primarily for international organizations. He joined the University of Sussex in 2000 and was a core member of the DFID-funded Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty between 2003 and 2009. He has published widely on issues of migration and development
Anna Triandafyllidou’s recommended top three reads:
- "From Eastern Enlargement to Jihad: The Double Challenge for Migrant Integration in Europe" by Anna Triandafyllidou (2017)
- "Europe 2020: Addressing Low Skill Labour Migration at Times of Fragile Recovery" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Sabrina Marchetti (2014)
- "EU Management of High Skill Migration" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Irina Isaakyan (2014)
Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute. Within the GGP she coordinates the Research Area on Cultural Pluralism. Before joining the Programme, she was part time professor at the RSCAS (2010-2012). During the period 2004-2012, she was Senior Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens where she headed a successful migration research team. She has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2002, and is a member of the Spinelli Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
Professor Triandafyllidou received her PhD from the European University Institute in 1995 and held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey (1994-95), the London School of Economics (1995-97), the CNR in Rome (1997-99), the EUI (1999-2004) and the Democritus University of Thrace. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at New York University in 2001, and a Colston Fellow at the University of Bristol (2001-2002). She serves as national expert in the OECD Network of International Migration Experts (formerly SOPEMI) and acts as an evaluator of research projects for the European Research Council (Advanced and Consolidating Investigator Grants), the Research Framework Programmes of the European Commission (FP5, FP6, and FP7), the European Science Foundation, the Norface ERA-NET network, and several national research agencies (of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland).
Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. Over the past 15 years, she has raised approximately 12 million Euros in research funds from European, international and national sources, and co-ordinated 30 international research projects in these research fields.
Her publications include more than 120 articles in refereed journals and chapters in collective volumes, five authored books and 19 edited and co-edited volumes.
Ayman Zohry’s recommended top three reads:
- "Escaping the Escape: Toward Solutions for the Humanitarian Migration Crisis" by Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.) (2017)
- "Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe: Past Developments, Current Status and Future Potentials" by Michael Bommes, Heinz Fassmann and Wiebke Sievers (eds.) (2014)
- "2015 Situation Report on International Migration, Displacement and Development in a Changing Arab Region" by UN-ESCWA and IOM (2015)
Ayman Zohry (Ph.D. University of Sussex) is an expert on migration studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the current as well as the founding president of the Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG). Following his early interests in Arab and Egyptian demography (1987-1998), Dr. Zohry’s research interests have shifted increasingly to the study of migration. His current research interests include migration and labour circulation, international migration, migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa, and Europe.