Migration Research Leaders' Syndicate

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In 2017, IOM 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 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 asked Syndicate members to contribute in ways that reflected 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 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 2017 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 undertaking this targeted initiative, IOM strove 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 surname alphabetical order)


Senior Researcher, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar

Papa Demba Fall’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Imagining Europe: Being Willing to Go Does not Necessarily Result in Taking the Necessary Steps" by Papa Demba Fall (2014)
  2. "Migration and Development in the Sahel. Upon Lessons Learnt: How to Take Advantage of Mobility Better?" by Papa Demba Fall (2016)
  3. "Des Francenabé aux Modou-Modou. L’émigration Sénégalaise Contemporaine" by Papa Demba Fall (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" by Katharine Donato and Donna Gabaccia (2015)


President, International Catholic Migration Commission

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)


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)


Director, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jenna Hennebry’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium" by Douglas Massey, Joaquin Arango, Graeme Hugo, Ali Kouaouci, Adela Pellegrino (1999)
  2. "Globalizing Care Economies and Migrant Workers: Explorations in Global Care Chains" by Nicola Yeates (2009)
  3. "Women Migrant Workers’ Journey through the Margins: Labour, Migration and Trafficking" by Jenna Hennebry, Will Grass and Janet McLaughlin (2016)


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)


Professor of International Law, Human Rights and Refugee Law, Universidade Católica de Santos

Liliana Lyra Jubilut’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Durable Solutions: 5 Implementation Challenges and Possible Pathways for Improvement" by André de Lima Madureira and Liliana Lyra Jubilut (2016)
  2. "Making the Most of Human Mobility" by António Guterres and William Lacy Swing (2010)
  3. "The Refugee Crisis Is Humanity’s Crisis" by Brad Evans and Zygmunt Bauman (2016)


Professor in Migration Ethics and Human Rights, Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Ray Jureidini’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Ways Forward in Recruitment of Low-skilled Migrant Workers in the Asia-Arab States Corridor" by Ray Jureidini (2016)
  2. "When Refugees Stopped Being Migrants: Movement, Labour and Humanitarian Protection" by Katy Long (2013)
  3. "Global Migration Governance" by Alexander Betts (ed.) (2014)




Professor Emeritus for International Law, University of Bern and Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement

Walter Kälin's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Migration and Global Environmental Change Report - Executive summary" by Foresight (2011)
  2. "Agenda for the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change" by the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement (2015)
  3. "Building International Approaches to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement" by Jane McAdam (2016)


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)