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Call for Papers - Refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants. Characteristics, trends, determinants, consequences

Guest Editors:
Professor Manuela Stranges, PhD: Università della Calabria, Italy
Professor Elena Ambrosetti, PhD: Department MEMOTEF, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 8 March 2024

GENUS is calling for submissions to our Collection on Refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants. Characteristics, trends, determinants, consequences.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, the number of forced migrants around the world, escaping from persecution, war and conflicts in their own countries, is increasing dramatically year by year, exceeding 65 million in 2016. Among these, 2,8 million were asylum seekers, 22,5 million were refugees and the remaining 40.3 were internally displaced persons. The Mediterranean Sea has always been one of most important gateways for migrants to enter Europe in the pursuit of better living conditions. Within the countries affected by these flows, Italy has always played a central role, especially because of its relative proximity to the coasts of North Africa. The recent asylum crisis has highlighted the inadequacies of European asylum policies: existing asylum system, which encourages migrants to make hazardous maritime or overland crossings to gain access to an uncertain prospect of obtaining refugee status, is inefficient, poorly targeted and lacks public support. Most often the movement of forced migrants occurs in an undocumented manner, using the same routes and means of transport of other types of migrants but for different reasons (e.g. economic migrants). Those flows are “mixed”, as the reason for migration is usually determined by a mixture of factors (family, asylum, economic conditions, and so forth). Exploring the trends and determinants of such flows and the consequences of this migration experience for individuals (micro level) and for countries (macro level) is becoming an emerging issue.

About the collection

Potential contributions in this issue may include, among the others:

• Economic, social, institutional, cultural, technological, environmental and other factors related to migration flows (at macro level) and migration choices and behaviors (at micro level).
• Analysis of roots and characteristics of the migration experience
• Physical and psychological consequences of this migration experience on individuals
• Health and wellbeing of refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented migrants
• Living conditions of refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented migrants in the receiving countries
• Patterns of residential segregation in the receiving countries
• Discrimination versus integration of refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented migrants
• Focus on gender aspects of forced migration
• Focus on the condition of minors, including unaccompanied minors 
• Focus on forced migration in countries of the Global South, both as receiving and as transit countries
• Demographic behaviors, family dynamics, family patterns of refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented migrants 

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system. During the submission process, under the section additional information, you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants. Characteristics, trends, determinants, consequences" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.