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?” 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. 


(in first name alphabetical order)
Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.


Dean of College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University

Ahmet İçduygu’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Europe’s Failed ‘Fight’ Against Irregular Migration: Ethnographic Notes on a Counterproductive Industry" by Ruben Andersson (2016)
  2. "Critical Approaches to Transit Migration" by Michael Collyer, Franck Düvell and Hein de Haas (2012) 
  3. "The Politics of Irregular Migratory Flows in the Mediterranean Basin: Economy, Mobility and 'Illegality'" by Ahmet İçduygu (2007)


Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford

Alexander Betts’ recommended top three reads:

  1. "Temporary Work Visas as US-Haiti Development Cooperation" by Michael Clemens and Hannah Postel (2017)
  2. "The Globalization of Migration? Has the World Become More Migratory?" by Hein de Haas and Mathias Czaika (2014)
  3. "'Yes!' In My Backyard: The Economics of Refugees and Their Social Dynamics in Kakuma, Kenya" by Apurva Sanghi, Harun Onder and Varalakshmi Vemuru (2017)


Director, Cultural Pluralism Research Area, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

Anna Triandafyllidou’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "From Eastern Enlargement to Jihad: The Double Challenge for Migrant Integration in Europe" by Anna Triandafyllidou (2017)
  2. "Europe 2020: Addressing Low Skill Labour Migration at Times of Fragile Recovery" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Sabrina Marchetti (2014)
  3. "EU Management of High Skill Migration" by Anna Triandafyllidou and Irina Isaakyan (2014)


Independent Scholar and Legal Adviser to the United Nations and ASEAN

Anne Gallagher’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration" by David Miller (2016)
  2. "The Politics of Immigration: Contradictions of the Liberal State" by James Hampshire (2013)
  3. "Exploitation in Migration: Unacceptable but Inevitable" by Anne Gallagher (2015)


Founding President, the Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG); Adjunct Professor, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Ayman Zohry’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Escaping the Escape: Toward Solutions for the Humanitarian Migration Crisis" by Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.) (2017) 
  2. "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)
  3. "2015 Situation Report on International Migration, Displacement and Development in a Changing Arab Region" by UN-ESCWA and IOM (2015)


Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies, Rutgers University

Binod Khadria’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Adversary Analysis and the Quest for Global Development" by Binod Khadria (2009)
  2. "Migration of Health Workers and Health of International Migrants: Framework for Bridging Some Knowledge Disjoints Between Brain Drain and Brawn Drain" by Binod Khadria  (2012)
  3. "Involuntary and Illegal Migration to India: The Case of Bangladesh" by Binod Khadria (2016)


Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Elizabeth Ferris’ recommended top three reads:

  1. "The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico" by David Cantor (2014)
  2. "Migration and Global Environmental Change: Future Challenges and Opportunities" by the UK Government Office for Science (2011)
  3. "Gender and International Migration:  From the Slavery Era to the Global Age" Katharine Donato and Donna Gabaccia (2015)


Vice Director of Migration Law Committee at the Beijing Society of International Law

Guofu Liu's recommended top three reads:

  1. “Chinese Immigration Law” by Guofu Liu (2010)
  2. Chinese Skilled Migration Legislation and Its Introduction of Foreign Talents” by Guofu Liu (2013).
  3. Legislation, Impacts and Deficiencies of the Law of Exit and Entry Administration of China 2013” by Guofu Liu (2014).


Director, Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement; Professor, Department of Geography, Ryerson University

Harald Bauder’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Sanctuary Cities: Policies and Practices in International Comparison" by Harald Bauder (2016)
  2. "Perspectives of Open Borders and No Border" by Harald Bauder (2015)
  3. "Domicile Citizenship, Human Mobility and Territoriality" by Harald Bauder (2014)


Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam; Extraordinary Professor of Migration and Development, Maastricht University / United Nations University.

Hein de Haas’ recommended top three reads:

  1. "Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal" by Douglas Massey, Joaquin Arango, Graeme Hugo, Ali Kouaouci, Adela Pellegrino and J. Edward Taylor (1993)
  2.  "Migration and Development: A Theoretical Perspective" by Hein de Haas (2010)
  3. "Why Border Enforcement Backfired" by Douglas Massey, Jorge Durand and Karen Pren (2016)