Migration Research Leaders' Syndicate

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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. 


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


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 the Global Commission on International Migration (2005)
  2. "The Business Case for Migration" by the World Economic Forum (2013)
  3. "International Migration: A Very Short Introduction" by Khalid Koser (2016)


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 (2017)


Assistant Director, Professor, Institute of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Huawen LIU's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Study on the UN Protocol Against Human Trafficking from a Human Rights Law Perspective" by Huawen LIU (2011) (in Chinese)
  2. "Basis of Prohibition of Human Trafficking" by Huawen LIU(2016) (in Chinese)
  3. "Rule of Law, Development and Human Rights: Three Dimensions of China's Path" by Huawen LIU (2014) (in Chinese)


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)


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)


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" directed by Michael Winterbottom (2002) (film)
  2. "The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity" by Nikos Papastergiadis (2000)
  3. "Practicing Diversity" 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)


Extraordinary professor in the Faculty of Law, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa and an Adjunct-professor in the School of Law, University of Western Australia

Marius Olivier's reccommended top three reads:

  1. "Enhancing the Protection of Transnational Migrant Workers: A Critical Evaluation of Regulatory Techniques" by Marius Olivier, Ockert Dupper and Avinash Govindjee (2013)
  2. "Social Protection for Migrant Workers: National and International Policy Challenges" by Wouter Van Ginneken (2013)
  3. "Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on Migration of Low Skilled Workers: A Review" by Piyasiri Wickramasekara (2015)


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 Boundaries" 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)