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 closed workshop was 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 will be launched in late November.

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 surname alphabetical order)
Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.

Walter Kaelin

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

Walter Kaelin's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Executive summary" of the Migration and Global Environmental Change Report 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)


Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)

Khalid Koser’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Migration in an Interconnected World: New Directions for Action" by Global Commission on International Migration (2005)
  2. "The Business Case for Migration" by the World Economic Forum (2013)


South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand

Loren Landau's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Planning and Participation in Cities that Move: Identifying Obstacles to Municipal Mobility Management" by Loren Landau, Aurelia Segatti and Jean Pierre Misago (2013)
  2. "Stealth Humanitarianism: Negotiating Politics, Precarity, and Performance Management in Protecting the Urban Displaced" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Loren Landau (2016)
  3. "Southern Urbanism, Legalization, and the Limits of Migration Law" by Loren Landau (forthcoming, 2017)


Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration, Georgetown University

Susan Martin’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Soft Law and the Protection of Vulnerable Migrants" by Alexander Betts (2010)
  2. "What is Crisis Migration?" by Susan Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor (2014)
  3. "International Migration and Global Governance" by Susan Martin (2015) 

Linguère Mbaye

Research Affiliate, IZA, Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn

Linguère Mbaye's recommended top three reads:

  1. Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants” by Alpaslan Akay, Olivier Bargain, Klaus F. Zimmermann (2016)
  2.  “Climate change, natural disasters, and migration” by Linguère Mously Mbaye (2017)
  3. "Barcelona or die": understanding illegal migration from Senegal” by Linguère Mously Mbaye (2014) 


Director, UN University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

Parvati Nair‘s recommended top three reads:

  1. "In This World" by Michael Winterbottom (2002)
  2. "The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity" directed by Nikos Papastergiadis (2000)
  3. "Practicing Diversity" directed by Megha Amrith (2015) 


Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, Migration Policy Institute

Kathleen Newland's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration" by Peter Sutherland (2017)
  2. "Unauthorized maritime Migration in Europe and the Mediterranean Region"  by Elizabeth Collett (2016)
  3. "Global Governance: Fear And Desire" by Kathleen Newland (2011)


Director, International PhD Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand

Sriprapha Petcharamesree's recommended top three reads:

  1. "States, Nations, and Borders, the Ethics of Making Borders" by Allen Buchanan and Margaret Moore (eds) (2003)
  2. "Beyond Borders" by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (2012)
  3. "Equal Only in Name - The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Thailand" and "Equal Only in Name - The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Malaysia" by The Equal Rights Trust and Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (2014)


Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Md Mizanur Rahman’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Gendering Migrant Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2012)

  2. "Migrant Indebtedness: Bangladeshis in the GCC Countries" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2013)

  3. "Immigration and Integration Policy in Singapore" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2017)